The writer has been hoping for a long time that some of the many really expert destroyer commanders would write about some of the results of their experiences and observations of handling destroyers.
Finally in sheer desperation, perhaps with the idea of "starting something," some observations of three rather busy years handling and watching others handle them under many and varied conditions have been jotted down. These notes are not intended as a treatise on "How to Handle Destroyers"; they are simply a few observations concerning some of the mistakes often made.
It must be remembered that no two vessels handle alike; also, that no two men will handle their ships exactly the same. No fixed rules can be laid down, and it is not the writer's desire to have these remarks considered as such. After all, experience is the best teacher, but it is hoped that these notes may be of value to the new men coming to command destroyers.