Naval tactics is the art of maneuvering a battle fleet, before and during action against an enemy, in the manner most efficient to ensure success.
While the details of application have varied with the changes in ships and weapons, there is one basic principle of tactics which is unchangeable:
"Be superior in force to the enemy."
The superiority may be in numbers, types, guns, speed, protection, skill, experience, morale, doctrine, or all, or any in combination. But the sum total must exceed that of the enemy. So when we bring to bear a greater preponderance of any or all of the above factors over that of the enemy, success will ensue.
NUMBERS AND TYPES
It is a military aphorism that only numbers can annihilate.
The admiral fighting with the fewest ships is badly handicapped.
The burden of supplying the materiel and the personnel to man the fleet rests upon the nation.
Our national aims, policies, aspirations or fears may or may not bring us into collision with another power.
If our policies are apt to be challenged with force by a rival, the outcome can take any one of the three paths: