February 6,1942
H. R. 6392
Public Law 440


To authorize the construction of certain naval vessels, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Navy is hereby authorized to undertake the construction of one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine minor combatant, auxiliary, and patrol vessels of various types, in addition to those heretofore authorized, for the United States Navy or for disposal in accordance with existing law.

Sec. 2. The Secretary of the Navy is hereby authorized to provide, at a cost not exceeding $750,000,000, essential equipment, facilities, and land at either private or public establishments, within the territorial limits of the United States, its Territories and possessions, for the construction of ships or portions thereof, and the production of ordnance material for the ships herein authorized.

Sec. 3. There is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sums as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act.

Sec. 4. The Secretary of the Navy from time to time, but not less frequently than once every six months, shall transmit to the Congress a full report of all acquisitions of land effected under the authority of this or any subsequent Act.

Approved, February 6, 1942.