The bases for this selection were the professionalism of the subject matter, depth of treatment, the importance of the contribution with respect to its lasting technical value to the profession, individual effort which sets an example and serves as an incentive for future Naval Engineering authors, clarity of composition, style, and manner of presentation.
LCDR Fulton's paper "Essential Manning-Its Impact on Destroyer Design, Operation and Maintenance," which appeared in the June 1974 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal, is a major contribution to the literature of the naval engineering field. It not only meets all the selection criteria established for this singular award, but in addition highlights an area of major concern to the designer of naval ships in the current constrained environment of ship acquisition funds and trained manpower.
The ability to assess the manning needs of our complex new ship designs during the early phases of the ship design process is vital in order to arrive at that optimum manning consistent with effective operation and maintenance at minimum life-cycle cost impact. Towards this end, the paper has made a valuable and lasting contribution. This contribution to the literature of the naval engineering profession by LCDR Fulton makes him well qualified to receive the 1974 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award.