Aircraft Carrier Innovation in Peacetime

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Aircraft Carrier Innovation in Peacetime The years between WWI and WWII showed the technological and strategic development in naval warfare, especially the birth and innovation of practical implementation of aircraft carriers in naval warfare. Of all the major countries during the interwar period, America had the most successful evolution from older battle line type warfare, to aircraft carrier warfare. The British took some of the first steps in carrier innovation, however by the end of WWI and the introduction of the 5:5:3 ratio, the British were soon over shadowed by the United States. The decisions and breakthroughs of naval leaders such as Admiral Sims, Admiral Towers and Lieutenant Commander Mustin brought to the government and the Navy the realization of the power aircraft carriers could achieve. One of the most influential characters in the construction and refinement of U.S. carriers was chief of Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer), his contributions and political power left effects on aircraft carriers that can still be seen today. At the close of WWI, the clear innovator and leader in the world in terms of naval airpower was Great Britain. In 1918 the Royal Navy possessed “a fleet of nearly a dozen carriers of one sort or another at a time when no other naval power had even one” (385). Their carrier superiority even included the first true aircraft carrier, the HMS Argus,
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