At the time of the Washington Conference the only aircraft carriers afloat were a few experimental craft converted from other types. Had that gathering been a disarmament conference, as it is so persistently regarded, the simple and logical thing to do would have been to scrap the few carriers already built and forbid more. It was recognized that air warfare is more susceptible of barbarous abuse than submarine warfare, but it was deemed impracticable to limit military aircraft on account of the ready convertibility of commercial aircraft. No one suggested that the same argument did not apply to vessels specially designed to carry this new kind of force to the ends of the earth.
By Lieutenant Commander Sidney Ballou, U. S. N. R. F