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Vessels building or to be built.
Total: 7 submarines, 51 submersibles—58 boats.
a These two vessels are provided with armor 1.6 to 2 inches thick to cover the motive and steaming apparatus and other vital parts. This is intended as an experiment. Their speed is reduced to 25 knots. Otherwise they resemble the other vessels of the same programme.
• Details not yet published.
OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE,
January 1, 1907.
NAVAL BUILDING PROGRAMME.
Germany. - The fleet law of 1900, as amended in the spring of 1906, provides for the following total theoretical strength in ships: 38 battle ships, 20 armored cruisers (large), 38 protected cruisers (small), 144 torpedo craft (12 flotillas).
This strength is to be gradually attained by a systematic programme of construction which provides for the laying down each year until 1917 of certain ships additional to the existing fleet and substitutes for vessels that have reached the age limit.
1908 1909 1910. 1911.
2 substitute ships... 1 additional ship.... 2 substitute ships... 6 substitute, 6 addi
Do. 1 substitute ship...-i additional ship.
12 substitute boats.
1912. 1913. 1914. 1915. 1916. 1917.
This programme has been rigidly carried out since its inception in 1900, and any possible future change would doubtless be in the nature of further increase.
The building of submarines and auxiliary vessels is not governed by any fixed programme, being the subject of specific appropriations from year to year.
Submarines. - Appropriations have been made as follows for “experimental purposes and the purchase of submarines:” 1905, 1,500,000 marks; 1906, 2,500,000 marks, and 3,000,000 marks proposed for 1907. Two experimental boats were built by Krupp at the Germania yards, and during the past year the first submarine built for the navy was put in the water and is now undergoing extensive trials. The Government's plans as to further acquisition of submarines and the type thereof have not been announced.
Mining vessels. - Mining steamer “A,” named the Nautilus, was launched last August at the Weser yards, Bremen, and a second vessel, “B," has recently been ordered.
Vessels completed in 1906.
(Vessels marked T are fitted with turbines.]
Indicated Displace Length horsement.
18.0 | Schichau.
Koenigsberg. Stuttgart.. Ersatz Wacht. Nurnberg. Ersatz Comet..
1904 1905 1905 1905 1906
Ersatz Pfeil. Ersatz Greif. Ersatz Jagd.
place. Length. ment.
Tons. 13, 200 13, 200
13, 200 18,000
18 Vulcan.. 18 Wilhelms
haven. 18 Germa
nia 18 Schichau. (?) Wilhelms
haven. (?) Germa
nia. (?) (?) (?) (?)
ARMORED CRUISERS (LARGE).
PROTECTED CRUISERS (SMALL).
3,450 3,450 3, 450 3,450 3,800
13,200 T 13, 200 T 13, 200
13, 200 T 13,700
23. 5 Kiel.. 23. 5 Danzig 23. 5
Vulkan 23. 5 Kiel.. 24. 5 Blohm &
Japan.—Japan is now carrying out the third naval expansion scheme. This law passed the Diet in 1903,
and is to be completed in eleven years, beginning at the year 1903 and ending with 1913. It does not, however, provide for a definite programme of construction as regards numbers or classes of ships, but appropriates a fixed sum of money which is apportioned yearly toward ships, ordnance, and buildings.
This third naval expansion scheme, adopted the year before the Russian war, but without any capital fund assigned to it, is being steadily pursued. The appropriations in this year's budget for new naval construction, ordnance, and navy-yard buildings are precisely equal to the sums projected three years ago.
In addition to the above there was passed March 13, 1906, an appropriation known as the “Extraordinary war fund," the navy's share of which this year amounts to 22,620,000 yen. This is supposed to cover post-bellum expenses, such as replacing damaged equipment, repairing injuries to ships, rebuilding Russian prizes, and also, apparently, some new construction to replace ships lost. The expenditures under this appropriation are to be spread over a period of eight years, the projectthus expiring coincidently with the third naval-expansion scheme in 1913.
There still remain to be laid down under the third naval-expansion scheme, the following vessels: One battle ship, 2 armored cruisers (possibly 3), and 2 second-class protected cruisers.