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The uncertainities of the postwar years, together with their attendant international complexities, have emphasized more than ever before the need for a well-armed, wellstaffed and well-organized Navy as an instrument of national security.
The strength and vitality of the Navy depends, as it always has, on the men who build, man and operate its fleets and supporting shore establishment, and who direct its over-all destiny from the Navy Department in Washington.
The ability of the Navy to perform with maximum effectiveness is contingent in large measure upon sound organizational structure. This publication has been prepared in order to provide the personnel of the Navy with information concerning its basic organization and is recommended to all who have a part in the direction of its management and operations.
tam a Knibel
Secretary of the Navy.
The prime end sought by the Navy in the training of its officers and men is the development of competent fighting men to man its ships and fleets. The importance to the fleet of industry and the supporting shore establishment is continually increasing with the result that this training must be supplemented and expanded to include experience and skills in business administration and organization.
A knowledge of the United States Navy and its component parts is therefore essential in achieving the additional competence required by such an expanded training program.
This publication has been revised and made current to provide such knowledge. I regard it as required reading on the part of all naval officers, and recommend its study to all others having the Navy at interest.
Chief of Naval Operations.