Prize Essay, 1913
Motto: "Know Thyself."
Owing to the fact that naval development lay dormant in the United States for many years after the Civil War, the Atlantic Fleet is a result of comparatively rapid and recent growth, and its present size and power are a source of pride. It is not believed that the types of vessels built at present are surpassed in offensive power by those of any other country. The efficiency of the personnel is assumed by the nation to be of a high standard, judging from the expressions of opinion in the press, and the existing confidence in its capability is most gratifying to the service.
The best judge, however, of whether such confidence is merited or otherwise is the navy itself, for it possesses the technical knowledge sufficient to determine, not only what the fleet is capable of accomplishing in time of war, but also the extent of the preparations and training that exists in the navies of foreign powers.