Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command

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Vol: 62, Issue: 1

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Tom Fedyszyn
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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.