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NAVAL.

The naval terms provide that within two months the German naval torces , in commission must not exceed six battleships or' the IDeutsehland.or. Loth- j ringen type, six light cruisers, twelve i destroyers and twelve torpedo-boats, or an equal number of snips constructed to replace them. No subinarines aro-to be included and. all other warships are to be placed in reserve or devoted to commercial purposes. Germany may keep in commis- -. sion a hxed number ot mmesweeping , ■ve&sekr until the mines . wrtnm: certain .. specified areas "in the North Sea", and „ Baltic havebee'n swept.up". -After the :< expiration of two months the total exclusive personnel of the 'navy must riot : exceed 15,ULKJ, including the maximum oi" 1500 onicers and warrant olucers. Ail German surface warships interned m Allied or neutral ports are to be iinaily surrendered. . Within, two.-months certain additional warships enumerated in the Treaty and now in German ports will be suii rendered at Allied Ports. The German Government must undertake the • breaking up of all German surface warships- under construction. Auxiliary cruisers and so forth are to be disarmed and treated as merchant ships.. Within one month all German submarines, salvage vessels, aud docks, for submarines capable of proceedmg under their own power or being towed must have been handed over at Allied j The remainder and those ships under construction must be broken up by Germany within three months. lne material arising from the breaking inof German warships may not be used except for industrial purposes, and, may not be sold to foreign countries | except under specified conditions, torj replacement. . ) Germany is forbidden to constructor acquire any warships, and the con-, sc-ructum or acquisition ol any submarines whatever is prohibited. Yos-, sew ot war are only to 'nave a fixed iiJuiowanoe of arms, munitions and wa. material. AU excess of arms, munitions and war material is to be surrendered, and no stocks or reserves' aro allowea. The personnel of tho German navy, must be, recruited entirely by voluntary engagements for a ■minimum period of 2o consecutive years ■ tor oiiieers and warrant omcers and li consecutive years for petty officers and •nen under various restrictions. in order to ensure free passage into the Baltic, Germany is not to erect any fortifications in certain specined areas, and must not instal any guns commanding maritime routes between the North Sea and the- Baltic, hxist- , mc fortifications within those areas , are to be demolished and the guns re- ' moved. Other fortified works within . 50 kilometres of the German coast or on German islands are to remain, as btMng of a defensive nature, but no new "fortifications may be constructed ' and armaments may not be increased. '. The maximum stocks of ammunition allowed for such defences are 1500 • rounds per piece for 4.1 inch guns and ' under, and SUO rounds per piece tor 1 guns exceeding that calibre. 1 The German wireless stations at ' Nauen, Hanover, and Berlin are not to be used for naval, military, or political messages without the a,ssent of the Allied and associated Governments during three months, but only for commercial purposes, under supervision. During'the same period Germany is not to build any more high-power wire- ' less stations'. ' Germany; will be afowed to repair ■ German submarine cables • which have i 'been cut, ■ but. which are not ■ being • utilised'by the Allied Powers, and also ■ portions of cables which, after having 1 been cut, have been removed or at any • rate are being utilised by any of the ■ Allied and associated Powers. In such • eases the cables or portions of cables removed or utilised will remain the pro-' perty of the Allied and associated .Powers, and accordingly 14 cables orparts of cables are specified which will not be restored to Germany.

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NAVAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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NAVAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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