Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Rear Admiral Hugh Rodman, Commander, Battleship Division Nine, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels

[Extract]

BATTLESHIP DIVISION NINE

UNITED STATES ATLANTIC FLEET,

U.S.S. NEW YORK, Flagship.

                    [Rosyth, Scotland] 21 July 1918.

From:  Commander BATTLESHIP DIVISION NINE.

To:    Secretary of the Navy (OPERATIONS)

Subject:  General Report – week ending 21 July 1918.

     1.   MOVEMENTS OF VESSELS.

          Thursday, 18 July 1918, the division got underway and practiced during the afternoon at rangefinder, plotting and tracking exercises.

     2.   CHANGES IN OFFICERS.

          Commander William D. Leahy, U.S. Navy, Director of Gunnery Exercises and Engineering Performances, arrived 17 July, and the practices, past and future of this division have been thoroughly discussed. He is also collecting information concerning British methods. . . .

Source Note: DTS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 381. Distribution list at end of document: “To: OPNAV (2)/Copies to: F.Comdr [VAdm. William S. Sims]./CinC. Atl.Fleet [Adm. Henry T. Mayo],/Chief Naval/Intelligence [Capt. Roger Welles, Jr.],/Adm. Badger [Adm. Charles J. Badger, President, General Board of the Navy],/File.” Document identifier at top of first page: “File 7”; “3/Sc.” There is also a running head at the top of the second page: “C.B.D.9 [Commander Battleship Division 9] file 7, of 21 July 1918. Subject: General Report.”

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