Naval War College Review


Tom Fedyszyn


The politically correct aspiration for all surface warfare officers is to attain to command at sea. Realistically, these of- ficers cannot begin to comprehend all its ramifications, but they viscerally know it is the Holy Grail. Reading Ad- miral Jim Stavridis’s Destroyer Captain is about as close as these officers will come to enjoying the ride until they ac- tually receive their orders to command. It is our great fortune that then- commander Stavridis scrupulously kept a journal during his days aboard USS Barry (DDG 52) (1993–95) and has of- fered to share his experiences with us.