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Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command
James G., Adm. Usn Stavridis  More Info

Watch Officer's Guide: A Handbook for All Deck Watch Officers - Fifteenth Edition
James Stavridis  More Info

Command at Sea
James Stavridis  More Info
Division Officer's Guide- Eleventh Edition
James Stavridis  More Info

According to the book description of Watch Officer's Guide: A Handbook for All Deck Watch Officers, “This handbook addresses every aspect of a watchstander's duties at sea and in port. A classic reference of the profession since its initial publication in 1911, the guide is a compendium of information and wisdom contributed by hundreds of naval officers and mariners over the past eighty years. For watch officers beginning their training, the book provides an abundance of useful, up-to-date information. For experienced watch officers, it is handy both for general review and for use while actually standing watch.  The revised edition offers much new material, including sessions on standing watch in the combat information center, training, and engineering, and a quick-reference guide filled with the shiphandler's tricks of the trade. Other material has been brought into line with current practice. No officer who stands watch at sea or in port should be without this useful volume.”

According to a reader of Command at Sea, “A text for naval officers, with chapters on taking command, commissioning a ship or submarine, organization and administration of the command, and roles of various officers. Other subjects include maintenance and logistics, safety, training and inspections, independent operations, and forward operations and combat philosophy. Includes a glossary, and appendices of sample plans and orders. This edition incorporates changes in the field since 1982, and discusses lessons learned from the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, and Haiti.”

Admiral James Stavridis is a 1976 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a native of South Florida.  A Surface Warfare Officer, Adm. Stavridis commanded the Destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) from 1993-1995, completing deployments to Haiti, Bosnia, and the Persian Gulf. Barry won the Battenberg Cup as the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet under his command.  In 1998, he commanded Destroyer Squadron 21 and deployed to the Persian Gulf, winning the Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership.


From 2002-2004, Admiral James Stavridis commanded Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, conducting combat operations in the Persian Gulf in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  Ashore,. Admiral James Stavridis has served as a strategic and long-range planner on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At the start of the Global War on Terror, he was selected as the director of the Navy Operations Group, Deep Blue. He has also served as the executive assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense.


Admiral James Stavridis earned a doctorate and a master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in International Relations in 1984, where he won the Gullion Prize as outstanding student. He is also a distinguished graduate of both the National and Naval War Colleges.  Admiral James Stavridis assumed command of the United States Southern Command on October 19, 2006.


Admiral James Stavridis holds various decorations and awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and five awards of the Legion of Merit. He is author of Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command.  He is also the co-author of Command at Sea; Watch Officer's Guide: A Handbook for All Deck Watch Officers; and, Division Officer's Guide.


According to the book description of Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command, “This memoir of James Stavridis' two years in command of the destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) reveals the human side of what it is like to be in charge of a warship for the first time and in the midst of international crisis. From Haiti to the Balkans to the Arabian Gulf, the Barry was involved in operations throughout the world during his 1993-1995 tour. Drawing on daily journals he kept for the entire period, the author reveals the complex nature of those deployments in a 'real time' context and describes life on board the Barry and liberty ashore for sailors and officers alike.


With all the joy, doubt, self-examination, hope, and fear of a first command, he offers an honest examination of his experience from the bridge to help readers grasp the true nature of command at sea. The window he provides into the personal lives of the crew illuminates not only their hard work in a ship that spent more than 70 percent of its time underway, but also the sacrifices of their families ashore. Stavridis credits his able crew for the many awards the Barry won while he was captain, including the Battenberg Cup for top ship in the Atlantic Fleet. Naval aficionados who like seagoing fiction will be attracted to the book, as will those fascinated by life at sea. Officers from all the services, especially surface warfare naval officers aspiring to command, will find these lessons of a first command by one of the Navy's most respected admirals both entertaining and instructive.”

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