Departmental Bulletin Paper グレート・ホワイト・フリート世界周航と石炭問題
Great White Fleet from the Viewpoint of Coal Suooly

安部, 文司

64 ( 2 )  , pp.1 - 12 , 2016-02-29 , 大阪教育大学
Despite the diplomatic success of the world cruise of the Great White Fleet from 1907 to 1909, the U.S. Navy was not a blue water navy yet. The circumnavigation of the fleet revealed that the power projection capability of U.S. was strictly limited. At that time, coal was the fuel for the naval vessels, and it was not available for the U.S. Navy on the West Coast or Pacific area. The U.S. Navy depended heavily on the foreign colliers and the foreign ports to supply coal to the fleet. Due to lack of logistic support, the United States seemed not to fight against Japan to defend its Pacific territories. The efforts to surmount the lack of transoceanic power projection capability surfaced due to the world cruise, and especially the shift of ship fuel from coal to oil, made the United States Navy become a true blue water navy.

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