AT SEA: Balance of Flat-Topped Power

The danger point in the carrier strength of the U.S. and British fleets has been passed. That is the best news yet in the hard sea war against Japan.

The U.S. Navy began the war with seven carriers. Four were sunk in the first year: Lexington, York town, Wasp, Hornet. That left three. The Japs, though they had lost between six and eight, still had perhaps five.

But, for every carrier lost, the U.S. will soon have acquired two. This week the Navy launched the seventh new one since Pearl Harbor—the Cowpens, fourth...

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