Vessels under Construction, Progress as of March 1, 1936
Sun, Baltimore, February 6.—An extensive modernization program topped a list of recommendations given Congress today in a White House-approved drive toward a treaty-strength navy by 1942.
Chairman Vinson (Dem., Ga.) of the Naval Affairs Committee introduced bills to carry out the program, and said he would seek their early consideration.
The Navy memorandum, which said the recommendations were in line with policies approved by President Roosevelt, urged modernization of 6 warships, 2 aircraft carriers and 1 repair ship; improvements for 14 battleships, and construction of 221,000 tons of auxiliary craft.
The 14 battleships were said by the Navy to be “deficient in fundamental characteristics differentiating battleships from other types of vessels, namely, the effectiveness and efficiency in battle after damage has been sustained.”
Re-engining of the Oklahoma, the New York, and the Texas together with replacement of their anti-aircraft batteries with modem installations, was proposed in the program.