Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans
By Adm. James Stavridis
A few months ago, I visited the German Naval Museum in Wilhelmshaven, a town on Germany’s North Sea coast. It was the first time I’ve had the chance go onboard naval vessels, including a Lutjens-class guided-missile destroyer and a U-10 submarine. I was impressed by the amount of equipment, technology and training needed to operate the vessels and keep them functional in the deep waters of the world’s oceans.
I was also surprised (though I probably shouldn’t have been) at how basic the accommodations were, considering that sailors can spend months at a time living on these ships. The hallways were tight and confined and the cafeterias cold and dark. The sleeping areas resembled a hostel dormitory, with a dozen or more bunk beds crammed into each room and countless wires and cables hanging above the top bunks. I remember thinking that I couldn’t imagine spending months living in such