INTRODUCTORY NOTE.—These two short articles by Lieut. A.C. Dewar, R.N., a prize medalist of the Royal United Service Institution, are e- printed not only because of their intrinsic merit, but particularly because they treat of subjects in which the Navy is greatly concerned, and in which it is desired to interest the readers of the PROCEEDINGS. The interlined comments—objections and criticisms—are added merely in the way of suggestion, to induce the readers to think about and discuss the statements made and views expressed.
SPEED IN NAVAL TACTICS.
(Reprinted from the United Service Magazine for Sept., 1907.)
Tactics may be classified as:
(a) Distant touch (over 20 miles).
(b) Visible touch (10 to 20 miles).
(c) Battle approach (4 to 10 miles).
(d) Battle tactics (under 8000 yards).
Distant and visible touch are interrelated with strategy, and in both the principal object will be to meet or avoid the enemy, both of which, and particularly the latter, are dependent on speed. Maneuvering for sun and sea gauges, which may often be important factors in a battle, will take place during battle approach.