National Guard Bureau
WASHINGTON, July 28, 1998 The International Year of the Ocean
"The sea never changes, and its works, for all the talk of man, are wrapped in mystery."
"Beginnings are apt to be shadowy, and so is the beginning of the great mother life, the sea."
"It is not the taking of individual ships or convoys, be they few or many, that strikes down the money power of a nation; it is the possession of that overbearing power on the sea which drives the enemy’s flag from i..."
Rear Adm. Alfred Thayer Mahan
American naval officer
"Who can say of a particular sea that it is old? Distilled by the sun, kneaded by the moon, it is renewed in a year, in a day, or in an hour."
"He who commands the sea has command of everything."