A great deal has been written of late concerning the training necessary to bring the efficiency of the Navy to the highest point. Most of these articles, however, have dealt solely with that part of the training which might be called elementary, and the writers have confined themselves almost entirely to the training of recruits and to the gunnery training.
It is the intention of this paper to carry this training a bit further and to discuss that necessary for the ship considered as a fighting unit.
The fighting efficiency of a ship consists of so many intricate and delicate problems that it would be madness to expect them to be even adequately mentioned in one paper, therefore only one branch of this efficiency will be considered.
That particular part, which it is proposed to discuss, is fully as important, if not more so, than any of the others. It is fire control.