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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2018 12:57 p.m. PST

… Period: An Operational Perspective Review.

"There was once a time when the battleship was the most powerful, most survivable, and largest warship afloat, the arbiter of naval power and war on the high seas. Although it has only been a few decades since the last battleship, the Iowa-class, was retired by the United States Navy, the battleship had long since fallen out of favor, with the final service years of the Iowa-class being as glorified Tomahawk cruise missile carriers and naval bombardment ships instead of real warships. The Royal Navy and the Capital Ship in the Interwar Period: An Operational Perspective by Joseph Moretz, looks at the period when the battleship and the battlecruiser (its faster, but in the Royal Navy at least, more lightly armored counterpart) existed at the same time with the ship which would ultimately replace them, the aircraft carrier. What the author in the volume aims to do is to focus on the principle that the Royal Navy, the naval forces of the United Kingdom, was not excessively conservative in retaining the battleship, that the problems it experienced were not caused by naval treaties but rather by financial limitations, and that the Royal Navy vigorously conducted training and exercises which attempted to respond to a changing international situation. It does this by both looking at the capital ships in design and naval treaty aspect, their general characteristics, and then their training and operational usage. Unfortunately the book fails to live up to its objectives and brings very little new information to the subject, is insufficiently specialized to the subject, and in general is a bland and unoriginal book…."
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