By Lieutenant E. R. Henning, U. S. Navy
The Disarmament Conference has halted competition between the naval powers for supremacy by number of ships. At the same time no nation can maintain a superiority on the sea by better quality of materiel or design. These things are virtually standardized.
What, then, remains to rank the first sea power? What but the men and officers who man the ships; personnel, the same old major factor, greatest always in winning battles, now by the stabilization of materiel, enhanced.
Hinted it has been that the other naval powers view with equanimity the holiday in building because they are confident the superior quality, organization, and longer training of their personnel outweigh any equality or excess of ships the American Navy may have. Is this national ego or are there grounds for this opinion?