Rear Admiral Hugh Rodman, Commander, Battleship Division Nine, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
Battleship Division Nine
UNITED STATES ATLANTIC FLEET,
U.S.S.NEW YORK, Flagship.
CONFIDENTIAL 9 August 1918.
From: Commander BATTLESHIP DIVISION NINE.
To : Secretary of the Navy (OPERATIONS).
Via : Force Commander.
Subject: BATTLESHIP DIVISION NINE – Composition of.
References: (a) C.B.D.9 letter, file 79 to Secnav. of 28 Feb.1918
(b) " " " 79 " F.Comdr. " "
(c) " " " 7 " Secnav. " 27 July 1918.
1. Have hard unofficially that the OKLAHOMA, NEVADA and UTAH are to be sent to this side for duty other than with this Division.
2. REITERATION; RECOMMENDATIONS; and_REASONS
(a) DIVISION NINE to consist of NEW YORK, TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, NEVADA, primarily, with WYOMING and ARKANSAS as fifth and sixth ships; six ships in all.
(b) Object to have maximum strength; four leading ships. Homogeneous, particularly in guns (14 inch), and other two sister ships, practically so for maneuvering purposes; both of latter have heavy batteries.
(c) On account of possible increase in German fleet by addition of Russian ships, reported recent greater activities at German yards, and concentration of enemy’s fleet, the strengthening of our force is most desirable.
(d) UTAH, FLORIDA or DELAWARE would be homogeneous in every way, size, guns, fuel, etc., a very important consideration.
(e) FLORIDA and DELAWARE are ready now to operate with confidence in accordance with methods (communication, etc.) in vogue on this side.
(f) OKLAHOMA and NEVADA could be broken in to operate with DIVISION NINE.
(g) CONSIDERATIONS. Oil fuel would no doubt be as available if operating with the GRAND FLEET as it would be elsewhere.