To Train the Fleet for War: The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923–1940 (ePub eBook)

To Train the Fleet for War: The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940
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This monograph examines in detail, making extensive use of the Naval War College archives, each of the U.S. Navy's twenty-one "fleet problems" conducted between World Wars I and II, elucidating the patterns that emerged, finding a range of enduring lessons, and suggesting their applicability for future naval warfare. Winner of the North American Society for Oceanic History's John Lyman Book Award.


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Table of Contents

A Note on Usage
Part I. “To Train the Fleet”
Chapter 1. Background and Purpose
Chapter 2. The Fleet, 1922-1941
Chapter 3. Procedure
Part II. The Fleet Problems
Chapter 4. Fleet Problem I, February 18-22, 1923
Chapter 5. Fleet Problem II, Fleet Problem III/Grand Joint Army Navy Exercise No. 2, and Fleet Problem IV, January 2-February 1, 1924
Chapter 6. Fleet Problem V/Grand Joint Army-Navy Exercise No. 3, February 23 – April 1925
Chapter 7. Fleet Problem VI, February 11-13, 1926
Chapter 8. Fleet Problem VII, March 1-14, 1927
Chapter 9. Fleet Problem VIII, April 18-28, 1928
Chapter 10. Fleet Problem IX, January 23-27, 1929
Chapter 11. Fleet Problem X, March 10-15, 1930
Chapter 12. Fleet Problem XI, April 14 –18, 1930
Chapter 13. Fleet Problem XII, February 16-20, 1931
Chapter 14. Grand Joint Army-Navy Exercise No. 4/Fleet Problem XIII, January 31-March 18, 1932
Chapter 15. Fleet Problem XIV, February 10-17, 1933
Chapter 16. Fleet Problem XV, April 19 – May 12, 1934
Chapter 17. Fleet Problem XVI, April 29 – June 10, 1935
Chapter 18. Fleet Problem XVII, April 27 - June 7, 1936
Chapter 19. Fleet Problem XVIII, April 16 – May 28, 1937
Chapter 20. Fleet Problem XIX, March 9 – April 30, 1938
Chapter 21. Fleet Problem XX, February 20-27, 1939
Chapter 22. Fleet Problem XXI, April 1 – May 17, 1940
Chapter 23. Fleet Problem XXII, 1941
Chapter 24. Afterwards
Part III. Conclusions
Chapter 25. Patterns, 1923-1941
Chapter 26.   Some Enduring Lessons of the Fleet Problems
Chapter 27. The Fleet Problems and the Future of the Navy
1. The Navy, 1923-1940
2. Principal Combatant Participation in the Fleet Problems, 1923-1940
3. The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet (CINCUS), 1922-1942
4. Persons Mentioned in the Text
References and Bibliograph
Archival Materials
Government Documents and Official Publications
Unpublished Research and Academic Papers
Memoirs and Oral Reminiscences
Newspapers & News Magazines
Books, Articles, and Online Resources


Members of the Navy and Naval Academy students would benefit from this monograph, as it offers suggestions to to improve future Naval warfare.


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NAVAL HISTORICAL FOUNDATION, Article: BOOK REVIEW: To Train the Fleet for War – The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940 by Corbin Williamson, September 29, 2011 

"To Train the Fleet For War should become the standard work on the Navy’s fleet problems for the foreseeable future." 

STRATEGY PAGE, Article: To Train the Fleet for War: The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940, by Albert A. Nofi by Mike Markowitz 

"In To Train the Fleet for War, historian Albert Nofi provides a masterful study of how the Fleet Problems actually worked. Because so many of the senior officers who shaped this period had passed away or retired by the outbreak of WWII, they are often obscure, or forgotten, even to history buffs and researchers (a useful Appendix provides a capsule biography of virtually every officer mentioned in the text).  With unique access to long-neglected archives at the Naval War College, Nofi was able to explore every aspect of this poorly understood era of American naval history."

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  • Nofi, Albert A.
2010: 418 p.; ill.
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  • Naval War College Historical Monograph Series, 18
  • United States Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940
  • Naval History
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