Date of Award

Spring 1981

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Carl Boyd

Committee Member

William Franklin

Committee Member

Peter C. Stewart

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 K45


This thesis examines the evolution of the United States Navy fleet submarine from the T-class of 1916 through the Tench-class of 1943. The fleet submarine played a major role in the defeat of Japan in World War II by attacking enemy lines of communication and supply, vital to an island empire. The author reviews the trials and errors of submarine construction in the United States Navy. Each succeeding class of submarines is discussed in order to show the progress made, leading to the excellent weapon provided for submarine officers and men with which they destroyed Japanese merchantmen and warships. Japanese- American relations are traced from the time of Commodore Perry's visit until the attack on Pearl Harbor in order to prove that to American naval officers Japan was considered a potential enemy in the post-World War I era. Submarine development in other navies of the world is included as a contrast to the work carried out by American naval designers and planners during the period.


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