Army & Navy - In a Blue Lagoon

Are navies obsolete? Can a single atomic bomb attack destroy a billion-dollar surface fleet? Chronically optimistic airmen (who will drop the bombs) think so. Brassbound Navymen hold that atomic explosives are just another weapon: they may modify but they will not wipe out their seagoing fortresses and flying fields. This week, top Army & Navy ordnance men and atomic bombers were down to the i-dotting stage on plans to settle the question.

Two tests will be necessary: 1) upon a fleet at anchor in shallow water, where divers could go down later to examine the hulls of sunken ships; 2)...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!