From: Secretary of the Navy.
To: All Bureaus and Offices of the Navy Department.
Subject: Auxiliary Vessels Board to Coordinate the Demands for Additional Large Ships to Convert into Naval Auxiliaries.
1. A permanent board to coordinate the demands from all sources to acquire and convert merchant ships into Naval auxiliaries is hereby established, to consist of the following members:
- (a) The Director of Fleet Maintenance, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Senior Member (Op-23).
- (b) Representative of the Director of Fleet Maintenance, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, for Auxiliaries (Op-23E).
- (c) Representative of the Director of Ship Movements, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, for Merchant Marine Liaison (Op-38S).
- (d) Representative of the Director of Ship Movements, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, for Cargo and Fuel Ships, member and recorder (Op-38F).
- (e) Representative of the Director of War Plans, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, for Policy and Projects (Op-12A-2).
In addition to the above regularly appointed members, each Bureau and the Commandant of the Marine Corps will detail representatives to attend board meetings upon receipt of notification from the Senior Member that matters of interest to the Bureaus or the Marine Corps will be discussed.
2. The board will study the requests from all Naval sources, originating both in and out of the Navy Department, for additional ships of the auxiliary classes, and determine the possible dispositions of existing ships to meet the required demands, or the number and type of ships which must be acquired or built to meet essential needs. Specifically the board will recommend as to:
- (a) Redistribution of existing auxiliaries to meet the immediate urgent needs of the Naval service where practicable.
- (b) The number and type of Merchant Marine ships which are suitable and should be acquired for conversion into Naval auxiliaries to meet present or the immediate future needs of the Naval service.
- (c) A progressive Naval auxiliary building program for types which are not available or cannot be obtained by acquisition, or to provide for an orderly replacement program for overage and worn out auxiliary ships.
- (d) The establishment of a priority under which auxiliary ships should be built or acquired.
3. After recommending with respect to action to be taken in the present situation, the board will meet from time to time at the call of the Senior Member as necessary to consider changes in the situation and to submit revised recommendations to meet new conditions. Projects for successive years should be submitted by April 1 each year in order that the Bureaus concerned may provide therefor in their annual budget estimates.
4. In all of its considerations, the board will be guided by the interests of Naval efficiency and of economy, to the end that the service requirements for auxiliary ships may be adequately met by the retention, conversion, or construction of only such types and such numbers as are required.