1. To organize the service in such a way as to render possible the effective mobilization of the entire flotilla for war or practice in the shortest time.
2. To have at all times available a certain small number of trained torpedo-boat officers and men so organized as to furnish nuclei of crews for the whole flotilla, and thus guard against the necessity for manning boats with crews in which there would be no one with any torpedo-boat training.
3. To organize the trained men in such a way as to make the mobilization of the flotilla as inexpensive as possible.
4. To have the training in torpedo-boat service constantly going on and a consequent regular flow of torpedo-boat officers into general service.
5. To include in torpedo-boat training the investigation of our coast and practical studies of it as regards torpedo-boat operations.
GENERAL CONDITION OF THE PRESENT FLOTILLA IN CONNECTION WITH ITS DUTY IN THE MOBILE DEFENSES OF THE ATLANTIC COAST.