The purpose of this review,which was prepared by officers on duty in the Opera-tions Division, including Air Combat Intelligence officers with extensive service in thePacific, is to analyze the relation between air and sea power. It is based upon theexperience of naval aviation in the war against Japan as recorded in the files of theNavy Department. Reports of the United States Strategic Bombing
Survey have also
consulted and the chart of the progress of the war has been taken from oneof them.The danger inherent in
report confined to one aspect of the war is that it
the reader into forgetting that the conflict was won by a combinationof ground, naval, and air forces, each of which carried its share of the commonburden.All operated within the framework of strategic plans, and it is the aim of this analysis to show how naval aviation fulfilled its part of those plans.Since it is from the lessons of experience that plans for the future must bederived, the report is presented in the hope that it will prove of some value to thoseresponsible for thc future security of the United States.
Vice Admiral, U. S. N., Deputy Chief of Naval Operations.