From: Dontblinkyoullmissit, GA
There are a number of questions to be considered.
Question 1. What are the condition and dates on any existing Naval Treaties?
Is the WNT in effect? Is the tonnage limitation the same for BB? for CV?
What is the end date for the WNT, if it is in effect?
What are the restrictions for the WNT in numbers of ships, or max size for each category?
Is there a modification with the London Treaty of 1930?
Did the RN request at 14" Naval Gun limitation on capital ship replacement construction?
Do Treaty limitations on CA, CL, DD expire 1936, or at withdrawal of any participant?
Question 2. What are the intelligence capacities of the US?
Did Stimson get appointed as SecState, and shut down Yardley's codebreakers?
Did Hoover get elected President and starve the Navy?
Did intelligence reveal the plans of the IJN to withdraw from the WNT limitations?
Did intelligence reveal the scope of the building plans for the IJN?
Did the Depression strike as deeply, and if so, did Roosevelt decided to spend more funds in Naval Construction/Reconstruction?
WNT tonnage BB limitations are 600,000 tons for RN and USN, 390,000 for IJN, and 217,500 for France and Italy.
WNT restrictions on size of BB = 40,000 tons.
WNT restriction on size of main battery - 16"
WNT tonnage CV limitations are 170,000 tons for RN and USN, 111,000 for IJN, 75,000 for France and Italy.
WNT max size on CV rebuilds from ship on the ways 33,600 tons.
WNT max size on CV built keel up - 26,000 tons.
Naval BB numbers on a 5-5-3.5-1.75-1.75 ratio.
Max number of BBs - USN & RN 20, IJN 14, France and Italy 7
Just a few ideas...
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