A FEW THOUGHTS ON OUR NEXT STEP IN FLEET-GUNNERY.
"E Pluribus Unum."
The question "are we training our navy to fight battles?" has been asked frequently by officers of each other and the answers to this inquiry have been "yes" or "no," depending upon the particular officer's degree of optimism. The importance of the true answer to this question needs not to be urged. All in the service realize this and some are striving to bring about a state of affairs wherein we can safely say, when we are asked this question, "yes, we are training our navy to fight battles."
The day of single-ship engagements is passed, and our answer will convey with it the meaning that our ships are being trained to fight together; that the training not only perfects the ship but crystallizes the team work which is necessary to fight a number of vessels as a unit.