UNITED SERVICE GAZETTE.
DECEMBER 5 AND 12, 1891. The battle of Beaumont. The right of naval officers to resign. Naval notes: The Russian navy; French naval budget for 1892; Trials of the Eclair. The health of the navy, I. and II.
DECEMBER 19. Diagrams showing sea commerce and naval expenditure. The new French law on espionage. Armor-plate trials. Naval notes.
The new scheme of training seamen in gunnery is now in full development at Devonport, fully 550 men being now under training in the Cambridge. Under the new system all seamen are required to go through a course of 28 days' instruction in the gunnery ships, and an examination is to be held at the end of their course to determine whether further instruction is desirable. Those who display sufficient knowledge continue in the gunnery ships for another fifty days' training, and are then examined for the rating of seaman gunner, which carries with it the pay of 4d. a day extra. Efforts are being made as far as possible to supply newly-commissioned ships for foreign service with men who have been trained in gunnery.