SINCE the Washington Conference on Limitation of Naval Armaments there , has apparently been some question in various circles as to the right of nations to replace their capital ships with vessels the size and numbers of which differ from those included in the replacement tables of the treaty.
As an example of this we have the following quotation from The Eclipse of American Sea Power, Captain Knox’s able resume of the conference:
The future battleship is now limited in size to 35,000 tons maximum displacement. It is optional whether they shall be made smaller by any nation. For example when it comes to replacing our battleships we could plan for a navy of fourteen battleships of 35,000 tons each, to make up our total allowance of 500,000 replacement tons in this class, or we could build twenty battleships of 25,000 tons, or any number of ships within the maximum limits of individual size and aggregate tonnage. Manifestly there is opportunity here for competition indesign between the nations which may alter the theoretical ratio in battleship strength materially. (Page 118).