The Chinese Navy's modernized 19th-century fleet was destroyed during the first Sino-Japanese War, but Chinese historians and military strategists have learned some lessons for today from the incident.
Visitors to Yokosuka Naval Base near Tokyo cannot help but admire its impressive century-old dry-docks. Still in use today, they speak volumes about Japan's rapid rise to great-power status within a generation. Built in 1868, the first dry-dock is tiny, designed for Japan's earliest Western-style warships. By the first two decades of this century, however, the gargantuan dry-docks 5 and 6 easily could accommodate the largest of battleships (today, the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Independence [CV-62] uses dry-dock 6).