Signalling, according to the opinion of the Fire Control Board appointed December 14, 1909, and approved by the Secretary of the Navy, is one of the four essentials of a ship's battle efficiency. The signals are in a great measure confidential, and our books and methods are becoming more complicated every year. In spite of all, signalling is left very much to the individual ship's signal officer, which results in almost entire lack of system and consequent lack of efficiency in signalling throughout the fleet.
The army has a separate signal corps. It does not follow that the navy must have, but a separate signal branch would certainly result in much greater efficiency in signals.
FAULTS OF THE PRESENT SYSTEM.