The voyage of the U.S. Navy’s “Great White Fleet” constituted an exercise in personal leadership on the part of President Theodore Roosevelt and in inter- national leadership on the part of a United States announcing its arrival as a world power. Sixteen battleships, eight armored cruisers, six torpedo-boat de- stroyers, and associated auxiliaries steamed out of Hampton Roads in December 1907, embarking on a world cruise.
Holmes, James R.
"“A Striking Thing”,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 61
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol61/iss1/5