NOTE.—The essay upon which Ensign Frost was awarded honorable mention 1915, is entitled "Tactics." On account of its confidential nature, its publication in the PROCEEDINGS has been refused.
Motto: "Each lieutenant without asking for orders from the general himself took the best practicable dispositions."—Caesar.
The control of a large fleet in action is the most difficult tactical problem of the commander-in-chief of a fleet. In the naval actions of the past many different methods of control have been devised to make the control most perfect.
I will illustrate these methods by a description and discussion of a number of the most famous naval actions of the past, and will attempt to show the methods used, and the way in which these methods actually worked out in action, with comments on the value of the various methods. I will then compare the naval action in the days of sailing ships with the naval action to-day, and will attempt to show the value of the various methods, and deduce the method best fitted for the control of a fleet in a naval action to-day.