During the early decades of the 20th century, the United States navy made plans to fight a host of potential enemies. Some of these future wars seemed inevitable, particularly that with japan. Others depended on changes in current politics, but navy planners wanted to be prepared just in case. One of these plans, labeled `gold,` studied a potential naval war with France. U.S. navy plan gold includes the ships projected by the Armee Navale but never built due to the Washington naval treaty: the large Gilles and Durand-Viel battle cruisers, Normandie and Lyon class battleships, and the very odd `croiseur de combat` battleship-carrier design. And of course the Americans receive a number of new ships, such as the `alternate Omaha` large scout cruiser design.
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