I recently came across a discussion from an 1895 Naval Institute Proceedings article in which a young officer, Lieutenant A.P. Niblack, commented on a prize essay by Lieutenant-Commander Richard Wainwright. LT Niblack lamented the peacetime Fleet's problem of maintaining combat readiness and proposed a dedicated squadron (“squadron of evolution”) to give crews the time and freedom from outside interference (read: staffs) they need to train.
I found his comments to be particularly interesting…too much demand, too much admin, not enough realistic training and weapons firing in 1895…sound familiar?
All the best, JCHjr