AFTER a pause of some 35 years the United States Navy is about to revive the armored cruiser as an integral part of the fleet. It therefore seems appropriate at this time to ask: What is the purpose of the armored cruiser, and what qualities should it possess to enable it to carry out this purpose in the most efficient manner? This is the more important, as the present rearmament program, in order to be fully effective in the minimum time, must make the best possible use of every ton and of every dollar available. During long periods of peace, mistakes in military preparation will eventually be detected and can be remedied before any damage is done; a faulty construction can be corrected and will form the basis of later improvement. In times of emergency, however, of threatening war and of tremendously sped-up naval construction, no such leisure and latitude are granted: every move must count or it may lead to failure. Therefore every move must be carefully considered and reconsidered before it is frozen into action; every plan must incorporate the latest available information and experience before it is allowed to go into the production line.
The Armored Cruiser—Past and Present
By A. E. Sokol