NAVAL VESSEL PROGRAMS AND LEGISLATION


The following early authorizations provided tonnage for some of the programs below:
Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
1916 Naval Preparedness Act Auth. 16(1) 29 Aug 16 PL 241-64-1
1924 Auth. 24(1) 18 Dec 24 PL 297-68-2
1929 Auth. 29(1) 13 Feb 29 PL 726-70-2
Nationa1 Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) Auth. 33(1) 16 Jun 33 PL 67-73-1

The following program was funded by five acts: FY 1931-1934 and NIRA:
Prog. Name Auth.
1 FY 1931-1934 and NIRA Various Auth.

The following program was funded on 15 Mar 34 by Appropriation 35(1), FY 1935, PL 122-73:
Prog. Name Auth.
lAx FY 1935 Auth. 29(1)

The following program was funded on 19 Jun 34 by Appropriation 35(2), Emergency FY 1935, PL 412-73:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
lAa Vinson-Trammell Act Auth. 34(1) 27 Mar 34 PL 135-73-2

The following programs were funded on 24 Jun 35 by Appropriation 36(1), FY 1936, PL 163-74:
Prog. Name Auth.
2x FY 1936 Auth. 29(1)
2a FY 1936 Auth. 34(1)

The following program was funded on 3 Jun 36 by Appropriation 37(1), FY 1937, PL 636-74:
Prog. Name Auth.
3 FY 1937 Auth. 34(1)

The following program was funded on 27 Apr 37 by Appropriation 38(1), FY 1938, PL 54-75:
Prog. Name Auth.
4a FY 1938 Auth. 34(1)

The following program was funded on 25 Aug 37 by Appropriation 38(2), FY 1938: 3rd Deficiency, PL 354-75:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
4x Six Auxiliaries Auth. 37(1) 30 Jul 37 PL 226-75-1

The following programs were funded on 26 Apr 38 by Appropriation 39(1), FY 1939, PL 493-75:
Prog. Name Auth.
5a FY 1939 Auth. 34(1)
5x FY 1939 Auth. 37(1)

The following programs were funded on 25 Jun 38 by Appropriation 39(2), FY 1939: 2nd Deficiency, PL 723-75:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
5aa - Auth. 34(1) - -
5b 20% Expansion Auth. 38(1) 17 May 38 PL 528-75-3
6 Experimental Program Auth. 38(1) " "

The following program was funded on 25 May 39 by Appropriation 40(1), FY 1940, PL 90-76:
Prog. Name Auth.
7 FY 1940 Auth. 38(1)

The appropriation for the following program was not identified:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
8 Modernize CV 2-3 Law 15 Jun 38 PL 618-75-3

The following program was funded on 9 Aug 39 by Appropriation 40(2), FY 1940: 3rd Deficiency, PL 361-76:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
8A Two Motor Vessels Auth. 40(1) 25 Jul 39 PL 212-76-1

FISCAL YEAR 1941 PROGRAMS

The following programs were funded on 11 Jun 40 by Appropriation 41(1), FY 1941-I, PL 588-76:
Prog. Name Auth.
9a FY 1941 Auth. 34(1)
9b FY 1941 Auth: 38(1)

The appropriations for the following programs were not identified:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
10 Modernize SS 167-68, SM 1 Law 20 Apr 39 PL 37-76-1
11 Modernize BB 43-46, 48 Law 25 Jul 39 PL 212-76-1
12 Modernize BB 33-35 Law 14 Jun 40 PL 629-76-3

The following programs, except for Program 14 (not identified) were funded on 26 Jun 40 by Appropriation 41(3),
FY 1941-III (1st Suppl.), PL 667-76-3:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
13x - Auth. 16(1) - -
13a - Auth. 34(1) - -
13b - Auth. 38(1) - -
13c 11% Expansion Auth. 41(1) 14 Jun 40 PL 629-76-3
14 "Anti-Aircraft Defense" Law 26 Jun 40 PL 667-76-3
15 130 Small Vessels-NEF Auth. 41(4) 26 Jun 40 PL 667-76-3
16 159 District Craft Auth. 41(3) 26 Jun 40 PL 667-76-3
17 7 Auxiliaries-ANV Auth. 41(2) 26 Jun 40 PL 667-76-3

The following programs were funded on 9 Sep 40 by Appropriation 41(4), FY 1941-IV (2nd suppl.), PL 781-76-3:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
18a - Auth. 34(1) - -
18b - Auth. 38(1) - -
18c - Auth. 41(1) - -
18d 70% Expansion Auth. 41(5) 19 Jul 40 PL 757-76-3
19 24 Auxiliaries-ANV Auth. 41(6) 9 Sep 40 PL 781-76-3

The following program was funded on 17 Mar 41 by Appropriation 41(6), FY 1941-VI (4th Suppl.), PL 13-77:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
20 400 Small Craft (Patrol & District) Auth. 41(7) 31 Jan 41 PL 4-77-1

The following program was funded by Lend Lease appropriations
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
LL Defense Aid (Lend-Lease) Auth. LL 27 Mar 41 PL 23-77-1

The following program was funded on 5 Apr 41 by Appropriation 41(7), FY 1941-VII (4th Suppl.), PL 29-77-1:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
21 12 Auxiliaries-ANV Auth. 41(8) 5 Apr 41 PL 29-77-1

The following program was funded retroactively using an old appropriation:
Prog. Name Auth. Appr.
22 72 Patrol Craft Auth. 41(5) Appr. 41(6)
Note: Some or all Naval Vessel Registers give 41(4) as the appropriation for Program 22.

FISCAL YEAR 1942 PROGRAMS

The following programs were funded retroactively using old appropriations:
Prog. Name Auth. Appr.
23 7 DD, 5 SS Auth. 34(1) Appr. 42(6)
24 32 DD Auth. 41(5) Appr. 41(4)
Note: Some or all Naval Vessel Registers give 42(6) as the appropriation for Program 24.

The following program was funded on 3 Jul 41 by Appropriation 42(2), FY 1942-II, PL 150-77:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
25 550,000t Auxiliaries Auth. 42(1) 24 May 41 PL 72-77-1

The following programs were funded on 17 Dec 41 by Appropriation 42(5), FY 1942-V, PL 353-77-1:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
26 400 Light Draft Vessels Auth. 42(2) 21 Nov 41 PL 323-77-1
27 400 Light Draft Vessels Auth. 42(3) 17 Dec 41 PL 353-77-1

The following programs were funded on 7 Feb 42 by Appropriation 42(6), FY 1942-VI, PL 441-77:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
28 800,000t Auxiliaries Auth. 42(4) 17 Dec 41 PL 353-77-1
29 150,000t Combatants (5% Expansion) Auth. 42(5) 23 Dec 41 PL 369-77-1
1799 1799 Vessels Emergency Construction Auth. 42(6) 6 Feb 42 PL 440-77-2

The following program was funded on 23 Jun 42 by Appropriation 42(8), FY 1942-VIII, PL 626-77:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
30 200,000t Combatants Auth. 42(7) 13 May 42 PL 551-77-2

FISCAL YEAR 1943 PROGRAMS

The following programs were funded on 26 Oct 42 by Appropriation 43(3), FY 1943-III, PL 763-77:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
31 1,900,000t Combatants Auth. 43(2) 9 Jul 42 PL 666-77-2
32 800 Patrol and Mine Auth. 43(2) " "
33 200 Small Vessels (Coastal Defense) Auth. 43(2) " "

The following programs were probably funded on 26 Oct 42 by Appropriation 43(2), FY 1943-II, PL 763-77:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
34 1,200,000t Auxiliaries Auth. 43(1) 9 Jul 42 PL 665-77-2
Note: The NVR says appropriation 43(2) was PL 626, 77th Congress, of 23 June 1942 in lieu of the 26 October 1942
act given above.

FISCAL YEAR 1944 PROGRAMS

The following programs were funded retroactively using old appropriations:
Prog. Name Auth. Appr.
35 Plan "A" Auth. 34(1) Appr. 42(6)
36 Plan "A" Auth. 42(7) Appr. 42(8)
37 Plan "A" Auth. 41(5) Appr. 41(4)
38 Plan "A" Auth. 43(2) Appr. 43(3)
39 Plan "A" Auth. 41(5) Appr. 44(1)
40 Plan "A" Auth. 38(1) Appr. 44(1)
Note: Some or all Naval Vessel Registers give 44(1) as the appropriation for Programs 35-40.

The following programs were funded on 26 Jun 43 by Appropriation 44(1), FY 1944-I, PL 92-78:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
41 1,000,000t Auxiliaries Auth. 43(4) 17 Jun 43 PL 76-78-1
42 l,000,000t District and Landing Auth. 43(3) 26 May 43 PL 61-78-1

The following program number was not used:
Prog. Name
43 (Unused tonnage)

The following programs were funded on 23 Dec 43 by Appropriation 44(2), FY 1944-II, PL 216-78:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
44 1,000,000t District and Landing Auth. 44(1) 17 Dec 43 PL 204-78-1
45 2,500,000t Auxiliaries Auth. 44(2) 17 Dec 43 PL 204-78-1

The following program was funded on 28 Jun 44 by Appropriation 44(3), FY 1944-III, PL 375-78:
Prog. Name Auth. Auth. Date Auth. Law
46 l,000,000t District and Landing Auth. 44(3) 31 May 44 PL 322-78-2

FISCAL YEAR 1945

All but one of the following planned programs were cancelled before appropriations were arranged. Program 47
was funded retroactively using an old appropriation as indicated below.
Prog. Name Auth. Appr.
-- Combatants Auth. 34(1) Appr. --
-- Combatants Auth. 38(1) Appr. --
-- Combatants Auth. 41(1) Appr. --
-- Combatants Auth. 41(5) Appr. --
-- Combatants Auth. 42(5) Appr. --
-- Combatants Auth. 42(7) Appr. --
47 Combatants Auth. 43(2) Appr. 43(3)

MISC. PROGRAM

Prog. Name
BSM Ships acquired with funds appropriated for Maintenance, Bureau of Ships since 1 July 1939. (Officially "MBS")

NOTES

        Program numbers were used by navy accountants to indicate the combination of an authorization and an appropriation. (The numbers and capital letters are official; while the small letters were added for this list in order to complete the system.) Programs could use either authorizations passed especially for the purpose, or could use tonnage left over from previous authorizations: programs 18d and 19 are examples of the former and l8a thru l8c of the latter.

        Exceptions: Programs 22-24, 35-40 and 47 used both tonnage and funds available under earlier acts and had no appropriations of their own. Programs 8, 10, 11, 12 and 14 involved no new construction, and their appropriations are unknown.

        Nomenclature: Semi-official short titles of acts are given. All appropriations after 1940 were entitled "Naval Appropriations Act FY 19--" except 44(2): "lst Supplemental Naval Defense Appropriation Act FY 1944," and 44(3): "2nd Deficiency Appropriation Act FY 1944."

        Laws are shown in the format PL-C-S: Public Law, Congress, and Session.

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