The ‘Beauty’ of
The 1,000-Ship Navy
Back in the 1600s, in reference
to the history of the Trojan
War, the great English poet
Christopher Marlowe paid homage
to the famous beauty of Helen of
Troy by describing her as “the face
that launched 1,000 ships.”
Of equal beauty is your picture,
(as you put it in your December
2006 issue) of the proposed “ 1,000-
Ship Navy,” a vision that would
bring together maritime forces from
around the world and extend the
global reach of sea power.
The “beauty” part is the refreshing
change of seeing the United States
acting in harmony with its allies,
instead of arrogantly flying solo.
Los Angeles, Calif.
How to Build the
‘Navy of Navies’
The letter by Hampton Terry in
the December 2006 issue,
“FIDALMAR Reaches Out,” deserves
the closest attention. In forming the
“Navy of Navies,” the Navy League
of the United States, FIDALMAR
(the International Federation of
Maritime Associations and Navy
Leagues) and all such like-minded
organizations have an important role
that they could play.
“Ocean Policy” is a concept that
should provide the intellectual basis
for the “Navy of Navies,” and the
best of these appears to be the
“Pacific Island Regional Ocean
Policy,” [introduced in 2002 by the
Council of Regional Organisations of
the Pacific’s Marine Sector Working
Group]. It could readily be adapted
to form a “Global Ocean Policy” and
Navy League (and FIDALMAR)
members may like to work on it.
One key element [of the policy] is
the need for even the smallest island
nations to control the seas that surround them and, in turn, all must
work with their neighbors until the
whole “World Ocean” is covered.
By default, New Zealand is left
with prime responsibility for the
security of the island states of the
Southwest Pacific — something like
20 percent of the “World Ocean.”
The task of our Navy League is to
make the general public aware of
this, and the fact that the closest of
links with our neighbors, including
first and foremost the United States,
is a fundamental necessity.
In today’s world, there can be no
clear cut distinction between “
combat” and other elements. Almost any
ship should be able to carry one or
more Vertical Takeoff and Landing
Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
(such as the Fire Scout) controlled
from half the world away to stop or,
if necessary, sink any suspect vessel.
Half the battle will be confident
sharing of intelligence.
[In his December Editor’s Note],
Seapower Editor in Chief, Richard C.
Barnard, writes “Bringing the [ 1,000-
Ship Navy] concept alive won’t be
easy given the varied cultures and
technology levels of navies across the
globe.” That is certainly one side of
The other is that of many New
Zealanders who, in spite of some
who seem never to have grown out
of the mentality of the “anti-Vietnam
War flower folk,” find themselves
immediately at home among Navy
people of whatever race, color creed
or nationality around the world.
The Navy League of the United
States has taken a major step in
opening council offices to members who need not be U.S. citizens.
This could help provide a foundation for the “Navy of Navies.”
John S. Pallot
Navy League of New Zealand Inc.
Lugar and L.O.S.T.
Iwas unhappy to see a full-page
advertisement in Seapower
featuring a picture of Sen. Richard Lugar
in which he praised the Law of the
Sea Convention/Treaty. This treaty,
better known as L.O.S. T., turns control of the world’s oceans over to the
United Nations. This control includes the power of taxation of all
vessels transiting the oceans, including U.S. Navy vessels.
In my opinion, the United
Nations is the most corrupt, antidemocratic and anti-American organization in the world. It certainly does
not deserve to be given control of
the oceans. I am surprised that Sen.
Lugar is supporting this abomination and I hope he is wrong in stating that Seapower/Navy League supports it.
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