The traditional pattern has been for this country to emerge from a war with a modern, well-equipped Navy of large proportions. In the case of World War II, it was the largest and most powerful Navy the world has ever known—a Navy much larger, better balanced, and better equipped than that of the runner-up, Great Britain. The end of the conflict, however, parked the beginning of a rapid deterioration of our naval strength.
War-making Must Be In the Hands of Those who Hate War
By Commander M. A. Peel, Jr., (S.C.) U. S. Navy