ARMY & NAVY: Modernization


Last week Secretary of the Navy Swanson announced his intention of spending $77,000,000 to modernize battleships. The money will come from public works appropriations, will be kept separate from the $238,000,000 already allotted for the building of new ships. Most important craft to be modernized: the battleships California, Colorado, Maryland. Tennessee and West Virginia. They will be equipped with hull "blisters" against mines and torpedoes, stronger deck protection against air attack, new boilers, new fighting equipment.


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