The Vinson Bill has given the United States its first systematic policy for replacement of combatant naval vessels. For the first time in the history of the Navy there is legislation to permit the replacement of vessels as they become overage within the meaning of that term as contained in the Washington and London treaties. However, as the auxiliaries, and by this term we mean to convey all vessels not limited by the terms of the two treaties mentioned, were not limited by those treaties, except with regard to certain characteristics which would prevent their use as vessels of the classes for which limits were prescribed, they have been somewhat neglected in the effort to maintain the treaty strength in combatant vessels.
What of the Auxiliaries?
By Robert Barry