Friday, March 09, 2007

Sims on Navy Shipbuilding

I wish he was here with us now to comment on LCS and DDG-1000. If not him, then at least the author Elting E. Morison.
We would do far better, as a nation with wide naval responsibilities, to put the same amount of money and an equal trust in a fleet of smaller, more numerous ships than in a fleet of larger, less numerous vessels. The loss of one unit would be financially, materially, and morally less damaging. One ship in dry dock or coaling or destroyed would weaken the Fleet less seriously in numerical proportion to the whole.
- Elting E. Morison on Sims response to Mahan; pg 166 of Admiral Sims and the Modern American Navy.

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