What are your thoughts, all?
The main question: what is your doctrine? I.e. what is your navy supposed to do? The actual post-war doctrine essentially assumed having a patrol fleet of some frigates & sloops in commission to protect communications and demonstrate the flag, some gunboats to ensure US interests in South America & East Asia, while the majority of monitors & cruisers stayed in reserve. The military doctrine was mainly based around the coastal defense (cue monitors) and commercial warfare against enemy trade (which was viewed as both deterrence against the war & strategy in actual war).
How exactly the -
active ironclad squadron,
- would fit into the doctrine? Or how do you planning to change the doctrine?