Even the most casual thinker about things maritime realizes that, for any extended operations, the strength of the fleet must take into consideration many factors other than actual fighting ships and their complements. Fuel, foodstuffs, general supplies, and ammunition, must be delivered when and where desired, and in needed quantities. Miscellaneous ships of many kinds must be improvised and provided for the use of the commander in chief. Naval personnel must be transported to and from the base of operations. Troops may have to be moved in great numbers. To carry out these auxiliary tasks will require a large number of merchant vessels under the immediate control of the government of the United States—in all probability, under the direct supervision of the Navy Department.
As the Navy Views the Merchant Marine Naval Reserve
By Commander Willis W. Bradley, Jr., U. S. Navy