National Affairs: Sham Battle

Following the review of the United States Fleet in the Pacific, off the Panama Canal, by Secretary Denby and his party aboard the transport Henderson, battle maneuvers began. The Secretary went aboard Admiral Hilary P. Jones' flagship, the Maryland.

The fleet of 15 battleships, 68 destroyers, and other craft totaling 140 vessels, went into simulated night battle, culminating in an attack on the Canal. The maneuvers were principally elementary in nature because 36,000 of the 56,000 men aboard the fleet are comparatively raw recruits.


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