National Affairs: Rebuilding the Navy

The U. S. Navy at present has in commission:

18 battleships 5 second line cruisers 13 light cruisers 3 aircraft carriers 106 destroyers 83 submarines

Last week Secretary of the Navy Wilbur asked Congress to authorize the President to add the following ships to the U. S. Navy:

25 light cruisers 9 destroyer leaders* 32 submarines 5 aircraft carriers

Secretary Wilbur's list represented the first of four successive programs planned by U. S. Navy men for the next 20 years. Each program is to take five years to complete. The...

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