Maroney was placed in command of the aeronautical
section, and on May 21 loaded his aircraft aboard the cruiser USS New
Orleans to be used as a spotting plane during target
practice by the Naval Militia.
was the third state of the 24 states having Naval Militia to get a real
While the state of Washington
was busy creating its Naval Militia, considered to be the parent of the
Air Reserve, the regular Navy was no less busy.
Rear Adm. Robert E.
Coontz, commandant of the Bremerton
Naval Shipyard, believed in the future of naval aviation. He
wanted long range eyes for his fleet, and
he wanted an air umbrella spread over Puget Sound
linking the existing naval bases and yards.
His opportunity came when a Navy Yard
by Rear Adm. J.M. Helm, came seeking potential sites for an air station
in the Pacific Northwest.