NAVY: Something New for the Fleet

This week at Brooklyn Navy Yard the U.S. Navy is to commission the 750-ft., 35,000-ton North Carolina, the first new battleship to join the U.S. Navy in 18 years. By July she will be ready to make her trial runs, then join the Fleet. Close behind will be her sister ship, the Washington, almost completed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and by next year the South Dakota.* And when the North Carolina goes into service, she will have profound effects on U.S. naval power and strategy.

The major tactical effect will become apparent only when at least three of the new...

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