ARMY & NAVY: Postwar Fleet


How big should the postwar Navy be? Last week (in testimony published by the House Appropriations Committee) the Navy gave its own answer: a whopper. The Navy said it hoped to have a peacetime fleet three times as big as the pre-Pearl Harbor Navy.

As Admiral Frederick J. Home, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, described it, the fleet would consist of 5,830 vessels of all types. Not all of them would be kept in operation; 3,554 would be laid up, preserved by "methods of dehumidification and . . . modern scientific processes."...