Surface Warfare Magazine
Sharing stories and news from Sailors across the U.S. Navy’s Surface Forces
Commander's Corner
VADM Rowden


Commander, Naval Surface Forces
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden
Public Affairs Officer
Cmdr. John Perkins
Editorial Advisor
Lt. Rebecca Haggard
Executive Editor
MCCS Michael Mitchell
Managing Editor
MC1 Trevor Welsh
Layout & Design
MC2 Phil Ladouceur
Mr. Nicholas Groesch

 Combat Readiness


 Material Readiness




 Personnel Readiness


 Heritage & Recognition


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
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