Nation: THE CNO: Unfaltering Competence & an Uncommon Flair

THE plaque on his desk in the Pentagon's E-Ring reads FAST CHARGER. This was the radio call of Admiral George W. Anderson Jr. when he was commander of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. It is also appropriate to the man who, as Chief of Naval Operations, holds responsibility for forging and operating the Cuba blockade. For he is an aggressive blue-water sailor of unfaltering competence and uncommon flair.

He was destined for the Navy. Son of a Brooklyn real estate man, Anderson developed a childhood love of the sea while running an...

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