Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
Map Room Papers, 1941-1945
Box 162
Folder: Naval Aide's Files
(A1-1) Habbakuks (Floating Airdromes for Asia Theatre)
July 1942-January 1945

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

SECRET

CONFIDENTIAL

August 1, 1942.

MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT

Admiral King has cleared the attached papers with the Under Secretary (the Secretary being absent from the Department this date).

Admiral King is anxious to get your approval.

Very respectfully,
/S/
JOHN L. McCREA

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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

34623

(SC)A1-3 (1943-44)
CONFIDENTIAL

JUL 20 1942

Memorandum for the President

The Navy Department has submitted to the Bureau of the Budget a request for funds to cover the construction of combatant vessels which were authorized by H.R. 7184 which you approved on July 9.

The material situation is such that for certain of the ships and heavy components, primarily main propelling machinery, we cannot delay in getting orders placed without a break in the program. This is particularly acute in the case of aircraft carriers and light cruisers, but is true to a less degree for all other types, and it would be advisable to place awards for the entire program immediately. The program is as follows:

  10    Aircraft Carriers similar to the ESSEX
    4    Aircraft Carriers of a larger new design
  16    Light Cruisers slightly modified CLEVELANDS
    3    Light Cruisers slightly modified SAN JUANS
  17    Heavy Cruisers similar to BALTIMORE
100    Destroyers modified 2100 ton type
420    Escort Vessels similar to present construction
          about 1/3 to be steam with 24-knot speed, and
          about 2/3 to be diesel with about 19-knot speed

Your approval is requested to proceed with the awards for the above vessels in advance of specific appropriation of funds by the Congress.

/S/
Frank Knox

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CONFIDENTIAL

Completion by Quarters


1943

1944

1945

1946


3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

 10  CV  Essex Class






2

2



2

3

1



  4  CV  New Design









2

1

1




 16  CL  Modified Cleveland





5

2

3

5

1






  3  CL  San Juan Class








1

1



1



 17  CA  Baltimore Class






2



6

6

2

1



100  DD  Modified DD 445




3

14

17

21

21

14

7

3




420  DE  Escort Vessel

7

22

52

86

108

105

40