National Affairs: How Many? How Big?

For more than a year, with victory in sight, the U.S. had maundered about the size & shape of its postwar fighting forces; now it was time to get set for a sound decision. Last week the U.S. Navy laid down a blueprint of what it thought the forces afloat should be for the next few years.

What the Navy had to propose was a fleet that would far surpass the combined fleets of the world (Britain, France and Russia). Before the House Naval Affairs Committee, Secretary James Forrestal summarized it: a 300-ship active fleet, a 100-ship "ready reserve," plus a...

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