SHIPBUILDING: Billion-Dollar Feast

In Washington last week, U. S. Navy Secretary Charles Edison clarified his views about the raging World War II controversy of battleship v. airplane (see p. 18). Said he: ". . . So far as the U. S.

is concerned, battleships were, are and will be for many years the backbone of our first line of national defense. . . .

Naval warfare on the high seas, on the broad Atlantic and Pacific, is not warfare in landlocked fjords. Trust your fleet." Echoing the Secretary's words was the clangor in U. S. shipyards last week. On the ways, in the mold...