Franklin D Roosevelt Library
The President's Secretary's File (PSF), 1933-1945
Box 60
Folder: Navy Department: 1943

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Navy Folder
2-43

A copy of this memo indicating the President's approval, returned to the Secy Navy
12/21/43

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

December 17, 1943

(SC)A1-3/CVE
CONFIDENTIAL
Serial 0711323-05

MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT

My dear Mr. President:

The point has now been reached in the construction of the CVE class of carriers where, if new completions are to follow presently scheduled vessels without interruption, additional vessels must be contracted for.

In view of this situation the Bureau of Ships has recommended that eight additional CVE's be contracted for to follow the present program in the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Company yard. These eight ships are designed for replacement purposes. Placing the order now would maintain orderly construction in the yard.

Your approval of this construction is requested.

Yours sincerely,
/S/
FRANK KNOX

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