The United States Navy has adequate means for making signals for the routine duties of a fleet. It has adequate means for signaling "vessels right" for fleet parades. It has wireless telegraph outfits in many ships, by which signals can be sent and understood fifty miles—unless the enemy is about.
Is this all we need? What could we do if we tried to handle a great fleet in war: the kind of fleet that we should have to handle against a great enemy fleet? Could an admiral handle it by means of flags and wireless telegraphy?
If he could, we can go ahead and organize our fleet, and feel that it can be handled like a football team.
If he could not, is it not time to devote a little time and thought to the matter?
Is this so small a matter—this handling of the great fleet we are getting—that we can afford to neglect it?