ARMY & NAVY: Toward Parity


During the three years Admiral William Veazie Pratt was Chief of Naval Operations and thus No. 1 professional in the service, he had to swallow many a bitter pill. The London Treaty (1930) put the Navy's future into a diplomatic straitjacket. In the name of peace and disarmament, President Hoover whittled away at its appropriation year after year, almost brought its building program to a standstill. It was Admiral Pratt's grim duty to stand by and watch the U. S. fleet (except for capital ships) dwindle from supposed parity with...

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