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Admiral William S. Sims

A fleet of the most powerful vessels would be of little use in war without a personnel at least as efficient as that of our possible enemies.  Admiral William S. Sims A prominent reformer in USN armament and gunnery standards, Admiral William Sims was one of the most influential figures in the marine service during the WWI. Three navy ships have been named for Admiral William S. Sims whose campaign for reform assured the United States Navy was prepared for challenges to come. Sims was an advocate of the adoption of British naval gunnery methods. He was successful in improving the effectiveness of naval gunfire using the continuous aim system and eventually it was introduced throughout the fleet. In 1911 Sims was appointed instructor at the Naval War College and in 1917 he eventually became its president. Served as an inspector of naval target practice, invited by President Theodore Roosevelt himself.  When the United States entered World War I that year he was promoted to vice admiral. During the war, he commanded the U.S. fleet that operated with Britain’s Royal Navy in European waters. Sims served as naval attaché to the U.S. embassies in Paris and St. Petersburg from 1897 to 1900 during the Spanish-American War. William Sims received a Pulitzer Prize for his collaboration with Burton J. Hendrick The Victory at Sea in which they shared their experiences in the WWI.  Would you choose him to head your USN Fleet in World of Warships: Legends?

Special Type Destroyer

By 1930s the Akatsuki class ships were considered to be the most powerful destroyers in the world. These Special Type destroyers were designed based on the Fubuki class and had enough differences to be given a new class name. Their distinctive feature was a thin forward funnel. The lead ship of the Akatsuki class was commissioned in 1932. She was assigned for the invasion of Malaya, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines. Akatsuki took part in numerous "Tokyo Express" missions, delivering personnel, supplies, and equipment to Japanese forces during the Pacific campaign of WWII. In 1941 Akatsuki was involved in the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and sunk on November 13th.

Hit hard, hit fast, hit often!

William Frederick Halsey Jr. was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on October 30, 1882, and grew in the family of a U.S. Navy Captain. Following his father's steps, he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1904 and was assigned to the USS Missouri.  After his first promotion to lieutenant, Halsey settled on his long journey of naval assignments aboard torpedo boats and destroyers beginning with USS DuPont.  This legendary admiral had a remarkable life yet full of hard and controversial decisions. Here are some interesting events and notable facts from his biography. In 1907 he was assigned to the USS Kansas and took part in the world cruise "Great White Fleet" on board of that battleship. For his distinguished service as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. O'Brien and the U.S.S. SHAW Halsey was awarded the Navy Cross.  Halsey served as the US Naval Attaché in Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Straightforward and tough Halsey was known under the nickname "Bull", however, his friends and colleagues still called him "Bill". Participated in both World Wars. At the start of WWII Halsey was one of very few US Admirals who were also pilots, earning his wings at age 52.  At the beginning of the War in the Pacific Halsey commanded the task force centered on the carrier USS Enterprise in a series of raids against Japanese-held targets. He took part in the Battle for Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle of the WWII and, by some criteria, the largest naval battle in history. After the war, he returned to the US and was posted to the Office of Secretary of the Navy.  On Dec. 11, 1945, he was promoted to Fleet Admiral. Halsey was the fourth, and last, officer to hold that rank.