Mr. Biondi and Mr. Kruger's Paper, "The Unimast Concept — A Major Departure in Shipboard Radar Antenna Installation Philosophy," in the April 1981 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal is a major contribution to the literature in the field of naval engineering. It not only meets all the selection criteria, but more importantly, represents a technical contribution to the profession which is of the highest quality, marking the Authors as worthy of technical recognition by this Society and their peers.
The concern for the overall combat system capability of warships has led the Authors to a unique concept in radar antenna design, the UNIMAST CONCEPT; in which a single integrated mast is provided for the ship's major surveillance antennas. Through this fine paper Mr. Biondi and Mr. Kruger have forcefully illustrated the present problems of ship topside design and have indicated the benefits which might be achieved in combat system performance. The Authors have made a valuable and lasting contribution to the naval engineering profession and to the literature and are worthy to receive the 1981 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award.