USS Indianapolis in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1937. US Navy Photo
The following is a 1999 article from Proceedings, originally titled: The Sinking of the Indy & Responsibility of Command.
The July 30, 1945 sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) by the Imperial Japanese submarine 1-58 has been called the last, great naval tragedy of World War II. It is the stuff of legend: after delivering the atomic bombs to Tinian, the Indy was torpedoed, sinking in 12 minutes. At least 800 crew members survived the sinking and went into the water. On their rescue after five days, only 320 still were alive. Their stories have inspired three books, a movie, and perhaps yet another feature film. Read More
Pro-Russian separatists at a check point in Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine.
As summer rolls on, Russian-built anti-aircraft missiles continue to down aircraft over eastern Ukraine. While a great deal of ink has been spilled over exactly what kind of missiles are deployed, and who is giving the launch authorizations and actually launching them, one fact is salient: This is an escalation, intentional or not, that elevates the simmering Ukrainian civil war beyond Donetsk. Read More
The following is the July white paper, Unrestricted Line Officer Promotions: Best and Fully Qualified? by Capt. Robert Tortora, USN. Read More
Adm. William McRaven, the outgoing U.S. Special Operations Command, addresses the audience during the USSOCOM change of commander ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. in 2011. DoD Photo
Now that Adm. William McRaven has announced his retirement, it is worth looking back at the contributions of perhaps the most influential Navy flag officer since Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz. Read More
An undated photo of Iraqi Security Forces
PENTAGON — The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) — in their current state — were capable of defending Baghdad on their own from advancing forces of the Iraq and Syria Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) but unlikely to retake lost territory without help. Read More
People’s Liberation Army Navy officers with a U.S. officer on a Chinese warship in Hawaii, June 28, 2014. PLA Daily Photo
This post has been amended to include an additional comment from U.S. 3rd Fleet.
Ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have already been invited back for future Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday. Read More
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, promotes Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of Admiral at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s first female nominated to the rank of Admiral received her fourth star in a ceremony at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. on Tuesday morning. Read More
Sailors on USS Normandy enjoy a rare beer. With limited exceptions, ships in the US Navy have had no alcohol for a hundred years. US Naval Institute Archives
As a flotilla of naval vessels from around the world participates in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) to sustain relationships in the maritime community, a century ago this week international navies converged for a remarkably different occasion—to drink the last of the U.S. Navy’s supply of alcohol. Read More
Italian firefighters dressed in chemical, biological, radiological (CBR) suits set up a perimeter of signs around a container suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction (WMD) during a US led exercise in 2004. US Navy Photo
The following is the Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, released on Monday. Read More
ISIS fighters in June.
Since the dawn of military aviation, proponents and skeptics of air power have vigorously debated its efficacy, often focusing on whether air power is capable of winning wars by itself. Not surprisingly, this debate is surfacing again as we consider whether and how the United States should be involved in the current crisis in Iraq. Read More