An Operational Commander's Perspective on the 1982 LOS Convention

An Operational Commander's Perspective on the 1982 LOS Convention 335 An Operational Commander's Perspective on the 1982 LOS Convention Walter F. Doran Rear Admiral, United States Navy* Introduction As a surface warfare specialist and former commanding officer of two naval combatants (the frigate USS De Wert and the cruiser USS Belknap), I have developed an operator's perspective on the law of the sea. My experience has led me to conclude that it is in the best interest of the United States to become a party to the 1982 UN LOS Convention (hereinafter the Convention) and the 1994 Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the 1982 UN LOS Convention 2 (hereinafter the Agreement). This has been reinforced by my work in my present capacity as Director of Operations, Plans and Political Military Affairs, on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. In this position, I am very much involved in the current operations of the Navy and in the political-military dialogue between our Navy and the navies of other nations. Present Status of the Convention and the Role of the Department of Defense On 6 October of last year,3 the President forwarded the Convention and the Agreement to the United States Senate for its http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law Brill

An Operational Commander's Perspective on the 1982 LOS Convention

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BRILL
Copyright
© 1995 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0927-3522
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1571-8085
D.O.I.
10.1163/157180895X00114
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Abstract

335 An Operational Commander's Perspective on the 1982 LOS Convention Walter F. Doran Rear Admiral, United States Navy* Introduction As a surface warfare specialist and former commanding officer of two naval combatants (the frigate USS De Wert and the cruiser USS Belknap), I have developed an operator's perspective on the law of the sea. My experience has led me to conclude that it is in the best interest of the United States to become a party to the 1982 UN LOS Convention (hereinafter the Convention) and the 1994 Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the 1982 UN LOS Convention 2 (hereinafter the Agreement). This has been reinforced by my work in my present capacity as Director of Operations, Plans and Political Military Affairs, on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. In this position, I am very much involved in the current operations of the Navy and in the political-military dialogue between our Navy and the navies of other nations. Present Status of the Convention and the Role of the Department of Defense On 6 October of last year,3 the President forwarded the Convention and the Agreement to the United States Senate for its

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The International Journal of Marine and Coastal LawBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1995

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