The warship depicted below—it has been dubbed the “Free World Frigate”—and described on subsequent pages, is the kind of high-performance, ocean-going, multipurpose escort ship that will be needed by the smaller maritime nations should the Soviet Union decide to carry out the threat implicit in its more than 400 submarines: the severance of the Free World’s sea lines of communication.
At the end of World War II, the United States donned the mantle of leadership in its international alliances. It alone of the Free World nations had the requisites for this position, a homeland unscarred by war, a mammoth industrial base, a sound economy, and a vast and brilliant pool of technology. Its allies and friends, weakened by war, were only too grateful for American support and assistance. Today the position has changed; the weak are now strong, while the relative strength of the United States has diminished. New giants have emerged in Asia and Western Europe, with shoulders and thews [sic] capable of bearing part of the load.