ARMY & NAVY: Pratt' s Fleet


The far-flung radio network of the U. S. Navy crackled last week with messages of doom. The cruiser Pittsburgh, flagship of the Asiatic Fleet, heard its death-sentence at Tsingtao, China. Fatal news reached the cruiser Rochester, oldest U. S. fighting ship (TIME, Sept. 1) and flag-bearer of the Special Service (Caribbean) Squadron, at Corinto, Nicaragua. Lying at Philadelphia and Norfolk the battleships Florida and Utah received word that they were to be scrapped, the Utah taken to sea as target for aerial bombs and big guns. Sixteen destroyers were notified...

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