How did the US build its naval force in World War 1?
there was NO USAF during World War One. There was a United
States Army Air Service which eventually evolved into the
In the early stages of the American Revolutionary War, the establishment of an official navy was an issue of debate among the members of the Continental Congress. Supporters argued that a navy would protect shipping, defend the coast, and make it easier to seek out support from foreign countries. Detractors countered that challenging the British Royal Navy, then the world's preeminent naval power, was a foolish undertaking.
Naval power would play a significant role during the American
Civil War, where the Union had a distinct advantage over the
Confederacy on the seas. A Union blockade on shipping
handicapped the Southern effort throughout the conflict. The two
American navies would help usher in a new era in world naval
history by putting ironclad warships into combat for the first
time. The Battle of Hampton Roads in 1862, which pitted USS
Monitor against CSS Virginia, became the first
engagement between two steam-powered ironclads. Soon after the
war, however, the U.S. Navy's fleet slipped into obsolescence
because of neglect.
The United States would be without a navy for nearly a decade.
A modernization program beginning in the 1880s brought the U.S. in line with the navies of countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany. In 1907, most of the Navy's battleships, with several support vessels, dubbed the Great White Fleet, were showcased in a 14-month circumnavigation of the world. Ordered by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was a mission designed to demonstrate the Navy's capability to extend to the global theater.
The Navy saw little action during World War I, but grew into a formidable force in the years prior to World War II. Though ultimately unsuccessful, Japan attempted to allay this strategic threat with the 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Following American entry into the war, the U.S. Navy grew tremendously as the United States was faced with a two-front war on the seas. It achieved notable acclaim in the Pacific Theater, where it was instrumental to the Allies' successful "island hopping" campaign. The U.S. Navy participated in many significant battles, including the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the Battle of Okinawa. By 1943, the Navy's size was larger than the combined fleets of all the other combatant nations in World War II. By war's end in 1945, the United States Navy had added hundreds of new ships, including 18 aircraft carriers and 8 battleships, and had over 70% of the world's total numbers and total tonnage of naval vessels of 1,000 tons or greater.