Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The minimum necessary strength of the Japanese fleet according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad 1934 no. 7

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated October 1934 reporting that the Japanese naval staff decided that the minimum strength of the Japanese fleet numbered 8 battleships or battle cruisers, 32 cruisers of the 1st-2nd class, 68 destroyers, 48 submarines and 5 aircraft carriers. 25% of the fleet was to be laid up in reserve. While the fleet was used to exercise with 2 squadrons was it not necessary to increase the number of battleships but were more destroyers, torpedo boats and submarines needed of the number or size of the battleships of the other major naval powers increased.