The United States of America’s Federal Navy in Jack’s childhood focused primarily on large warships with only enough smaller escorts to protect them. It was almost unheard of for an America destroyer squadron to go anywhere alone. They escorted the carriers, cruisers, or battleships that flew America’s flag throughout the cosmos. And those flagships were designed and built larger and more powerful than any other nations’ warships. It was a matter of pride that America’s fleet must be the most advanced fleet in space, capable of doing what no other fleet could do. Facing the aliens in battle with even numbers and winning. They never achieved that goal, though they got closer than any other fleet. And when the Shang attacked, they learned that when deployed in squadron strength, even American destroyers could be a real threat to them. They did not enjoy learning that lesson.