As the U.S. Navy’s submarine force faces tighter budgets, it could learn a thing or two from solutions that surfaced from an informal Submarine Officers Conference in the 1920s.
Rear Admiral C. S. Freeman, Commander U.S. Submarine Force, could not believe it. Despite a decade of development on the Navy’s fleet submarine, some senior naval officers still insisted on building smaller, cheaper, but far less capable versions. In response, Freeman wrote to Admiral William D. Leahy, the Chief of the Naval Operations: