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 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 Graham's paper, "The Operator and Engineers Partners in Naval Ship Design," which appeared in the June 1973 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal, is a major contribution to the naval engineering field. It not only meets all the selection criteria but calls attention to the need for better communications, understanding, and cooperation between the operating ship design which reflects maximum performance life-cycle cost. It further specifies the reasons why this interrelationship is becoming increasingly vital in these times of more complex and sophisticated ships and ship systems necessitated by increased threats. It is certain to stimulate the naval engineering community to seek out opportunities for increasing this cooperative effort with the operating forces in all stages of the naval ship design process.
This contribution to the naval engineering profession by LCDR Graham makes him well qualified to receive the 1973 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award.