Author: Bernard Ireland
Warships of the World: Major Classes
Charles Scribner's Sons
Size: 21.4 MB
The large warship, by virtue of cost and complexity, is becoming increasingly the prerogative of the two major naval powers and a book on the subject is, necessarily, devoted in great part to two fleets. Warship development is composed largely of one power's efforts to neutralize an advance on the part of another and warship designs of the last twenty years have been dominated by one of two major developments — the guided missile and the nuclear submarine. These have dictated weaponry and electronics which have, in turn, defined the ship, which is, after all, only the package which delivers them.