Naval War College Review

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“A Striking Thing”


James R. Holmes


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.