Increase in the Navy in Recent Years

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Increase in the Navy in Recent Years - CUE SEA STBENGTHL Hojk UNCLE SAM'S NAVY HAS...
CUE SEA STBENGTHL Hojk UNCLE SAM'S NAVY HAS INCREASED IN RECENT YEARS. Tfcf* JTIfftr ·rrratli With the authorization of fire battleships tlte last session of the Fif «ntn congress added greatly to Uncle Sam's prospective fighting strength the sea and furnished a much larger increase than the most ardent advocate of a mighty navy had hoped for. was the largest contribution ever by a single congress in the history the new navy. Three battleships of 16,000 tons displacement and two of 13,000, with training slaps and a training' brig a total tosiuage of 3,000 T make a total of 77,000 tons, a pretry good record one session, but the Grst session of same congress was by no means gardJy. It authorized the construction of two battleships of 1G.090 tons two armored cruisers of 14.500 tons each, as well as two gunboats of tons each, a total of US,OOO tons, making. with the 77,OuO jons authorized the last session, a total of 140,000 added to the navy by the Fifty-seventh congress. Equally impressive is the fact that the fourteen new ships authorized five, with a tonnage of but 5.UOO. not lighting vessels. The other nine. with a tonnage ot 135.0QO. 'are ships of the best class, unexcelled size and speed. ~" But congress did not stop at ing for these ships. It authorized increase in the nauiber of enlisted in the navy by 3.000 and of the corps by 6GS. This^ncrease will the number of ineu aboard our warships up to 28,500. or about 5,000 than the actual strength of oar army before the Spanish war. Xot only -were These provisions for ships and enlisted uieu and marines made, but it was determined to provide the officers for the navy which so badly needs. This was done by increasing the total of warrant officers ·who may be promoted to ensigns more Important, by authorizing ^appointment of si-ore cadets to tbe th e e j

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  1. The Democrat and Standard,
  2. 27 Mar 1903, Fri,
  3. Page 7

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