Warfare, both land and naval, although bloody and ruthless in its execution, nevertheless affords a medium of logical and interesting study. Perhaps the most really interesting feature of the study of warfare is the conception and development of new and untried weapons and their subsequent effects upon tactics and even on the conduct of a war itself. Such naval weapons in comparatively recent times have included the ironclad, the rifled cannon, the revolving turret, the system of director fire, the torpedo, the submarine, and the dirigible—to name but a few. At present, those weapons of naval warfare which have excited the conjecture of experts in all nations are the battle cruiser, the pocket battleship, the so- called magnetic mine, the airplane as applied to fleet actions, and the class of torpedo boats commonly termed the “mosquito fleet.” It is with this latter weapon that the present article is mainly concerned.
The Mosquito Stings
By Lieutenant (j.g.) R. H. Smith, U. S. Navy
“If a captain is under fire, he is at his station.”—Darrieus