Mr. Dalton was recognized by the National Security Caucus as their prestigious International Security Leadership Award recipient for 1997. The award recognizes Mr. Dalton's "leadership and vision in promoting American seapower and a bipartisan maritime strategy." Previous award winners include: former Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan; former Secretaries of Defense William Perry and Caspar Weinberger; and former Senators John Stennis, John Tower, Henry Jackson and Sam Nunn. Mr. Dalton is the first service secretary to receive this award. The National Security Caucus Foundation has also established the John H. Dalton Congressional Fellowship in Maritime Strategy Studies in his honor. Mr. Dalton also holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree awarded by Trinity College in 1997.
Mr. Dalton was suceeded as Secretary of the Navy by Mr. Richard Danzig on Nov. 16, 1998