Military Photo of the Day: The Great White Fleet

By Shannon Henderson Published on December 16, 2017

The “Great White Fleet” visits Australia – 1908

The Great White Fleet was the popular nickname for the United States Navy battle fleet that completed a circumnavigation of the globe from December 16, 1907, to February 22, 1909, by order of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

It consisted of 16 battleships divided into two squadrons, along with various escorts. Roosevelt sought to demonstrate growing American military power and blue-water navy capability.

 

 

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