Washington Naval Treaty
|Limitation of Naval Armament|
Signing of the Washington Naval Treaty.
|Signed||February 6, 1922|
|Effective||August 17, 1923|
|Expiration||December 31, 1936|
| Washington Naval Treaty, 1922 at |
The Washington Naval Treaty, also known as the Five-Power Treaty, the Four-Power Treaty, and the Nine-Power Treaty, was a treaty signed during 1922 among the major nations that had won
The treaty was concluded on February 6, 1922. Ratifications of that treaty were exchanged in Washington on August 17, 1923, and it was registered in the
Later naval arms limitation conferences sought additional limitations of warship building. The terms of the Washington treaty were modified by the
The US, UK, France, Italy, and Japan had been allied for World War I; but with the German threat seemingly finished, a naval
In response, the Japanese parliament finally authorized construction of warships to enable the Japanese Navy to attain its goal of an
The 1921 British Naval Estimates planned four battleships and four battlecruisers, with another four battleships to follow the subsequent year.
The new arms race was unwelcome to the U.S. public. The
During late 1921, the USA government became aware that Britain was planning a conference to discuss the strategic situation in the Pacific and Far East regions. To forestall the conference and satisfy domestic demands for a global disarmament conference, the