Army & Navy - Air Power is Sea Power

There is no excuse for an aircraft carrier being sunk either by gunfire or submarine attack, and any carrier so sunk was poorly operated at the time.

So wrote Annapolis-trained, 34-year-old Lieut. Commander John Austin Collett, naval aviator, in the current issue of the United States Naval Proceedings. In the traditionally closemouthed Navy a young officer may speak his piece if it is technically sound.

The U.S. has lost a carrier to submarine attack: in Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley's command in the South Pacific the Wasp was nailed by a Japanese submarine off the Solomons. To submarines or gunfire the...

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