"Our supremacy on the sea must, after all, be measured by the number of battleships we can put into line. It is further our duty, as we find other nations pushing forward this particular class of ship, to do the same." - - Lord George Hamilton
That previous blog entry the size of the American naval force seen as being paramount with regard to national defense. American naval force must be able to fight [and presumably defeat] the navies of Russia and China.
DEFEAT THE NAVAL FORCES OF RUSSIA OR CHINA, EITHER INDIVIDUALLY OR COMBINED [?].
Similar to British naval doctrine as it was in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century. Established and agreed doctrine as became institutionalized.
"The Naval Defence Act 1889 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It received the Royal Assent on 31 May 1889 and formally adopted 'two-power standard' and increased the United Kingdom's naval strength. The standard called for the Royal Navy to maintain a number of battleships at least equal to the combined strength of the next two largest navies in the world"
"This demand, then only in the mouth of English naval experts, had now become a national shibboleth [a widely held belief], and every cabinet since, no matter what its other creed, has practically lived up to this program. In 1889 there advened [to come to or reach], under strong public pressure, the passage of the Naval Defense Act, which enabled the British Admiralty to begin the five years' program of shipbuilding, with the immediate construction of 10 large battleships, 42 cruisers, and 18 torpedo destroyers."
THE ROYAL NAVY [RN] REQUIRING AN AGGREGATE OF CAPITAL SHIPS [BATTLESHIPS] ABLE TO ESTABLISH NAVAL SUPERIORITY/SUPREMACY/DOMINATION ENGAGING IN BATTLE [AND DEFEATING] THE CONCENTRATED AND COMBINED NAVAL MIGHT OF FRANCE AND RUSSIA [THE DUAL ALLIANCE].