A Letter From The Publisher, May 8, 1978

From the moment he started his six-week odyssey, the main characteristic that impressed him was the pride of the men−pride in themselves and in their ships. To photograph the U.S. Navy for this week's cover story, TIME'S Dirck Halstead traveled from Norfolk, Va., to Pensacola, Fla., San Diego, Calif., Pearl Harbor and be yond. Everywhere he went he found officers and men eager to demonstrate what their ships could do.

Somewhere off Pearl Harbor, the crew of the high-speed Pegasus put their ship through its paces so that Halstead, hovering in a helicopter, could...

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