British Submarine Capability in the Far East, 1919–1940
This chapter by James Goldrick analyzes the Royal Navy's experiences in relation to the submarine force in the Far East during the interwar years. It argues that the story of submarine policy and operational plans for the Far East is a generally consistent one, with the Royal Navy maintaining a substantial commitment, which it nevertheless acknowledged internally being as less than desirable and reinforcing that commitment when it had the resources. It discusses why the activities of the submarine force did not feature significantly in much of the main stream of operational and tactical development. It argues that in fact there was a sustained effort to plan for the effective employment of the submarines and that there was a continuing debate as to the balance which should be struck between purely defensive operations and offensive patrols in Japanese waters, but at all times with recognition of the need to provide for the effective protection of the British facilities in the Far East in the "Period Before Relief."
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