Summer 2016 - Volume 51
Surface Warfare Magazine
is the professional magazine of the surface warfare community.
Its purpose is to educate its readers on surface warfare missions and programs,
with a particular focus on U.S. surface ships and commands. This journal will also draw upon the
Surface Force’s rich historical legacy to instill a sense of pride and professionalism among
community members and to enhance reader awareness of the increasing relevance of
surface warfare for our nation’s defense.
The opinions and assertions herein are the personal views of
the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views
of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the
Department of the Navy.
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Cover: Sailors from USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) launch the ship's rigid-hull inflatable boat during a personnel transfer with USS Stockdale (DDG 106). Photo by MC2 Ryan Batchelder