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NAVY HIGH COMMANDS CHANGE
Monday to the tune of cocked hats,
gold braid, full dress uniforms, gun
salutes, ruffles and fiurishes and much
color, several high commands of the
Fleet were shifted. Aboard the USS
California, Admiral Harris Laning became
Commander of the Battle Force,
relieving Admiral Frank H. Brumby,
who will in turn become Commandant
of the Fifth Naval District at Norfolk,
Va., with the rank of Rear Admiral.
Before assuming command of
the Battle Force, Admiral Laning was
relieved as Commander Cruisers,
Scouting Force by Rear Admiral T, C.
Hart. Just prior to relieving Admiral
Laning, Rear Admiral Hart was relieved
as Commander Cruiser Division
Six by Rear Admiral F. J. Horn.
Monday morning, aboard the USS
Houston, Vice Admiral E. H. Campbell
was rel! eved of Commander Scouting
Force by Rear Admiral A. J. Hepburn
who immediately upon relieving
assumed the rank of Vice Admiral.
After assuming command, Vice Admiral
Hepburn transferred his fiag to
the USS Indianapolis. Vice Admiral
Campbell, who will revert back to a
Rear Admiral will become Commandant
of the Twelfth Naval District at
Aboard the Saratoga, Rear Admiral
Butler assumed the ran~ of Vive Admiral
as Commander Air Battle Force
and Commander Air Forces U. S.
Friday, aboard the Argonne, Rear
Admiral W. T. Cluverius assumed command
of the Base Force.
April 6, 1917:- Congress declared
a state'of war as already in existance
on account of the hostile acts of
Long Beach, Calif., 6 April, 1935
PRESIDENT EXPECTED TO
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
may go to San Diego, in' June, to review
the United States Fleet, which
is expected to concentrate there on
June 10, as a tribute to the exposition.
It is estimated that about 130
war vessels will participate in this
concentration, with a total personnel
of 55,000 officers and men.
--* 0*- MOTOR
The following is quoted from a letter
from Commander Battle Force;
consider what it says and act accordingly
if you are involved in a motor
" In all cases where Naval Personnel
are injured in motor accidents it
is highly essential that prompt and
accurate information on the following
points be furnished the Commanding
Officer of each injured person:
( a) Within Command ( Duty
Status) or on authorized liberty.
( b) Obviously intoxicated or no
evidence of alcoholic intoxication.
( c) Negligence or misconduct on
the part of personnel or no evidence
of carelessness or misconduct.
( d) A condensed statement of the
circumstances attending the injury.
The remarks must be sufficiently
clear to enable one to visualize the
accident so that the injury may be
The shore patrol is particularly
charged with the supplying of the above
data but all boards or individuals
investigating motor accidents
should keep in mind the specific
nature of the information required."
WAR GAME CRITICS ANSWERED
The Secretary of the Navy sent a
telegram to the President of the
Greater New York Federation of
Churches, replying to the expressed
fears of this organization that the war
game which the United States Fleet
is scheduled to play in the northern
waters of the Pacific is " The shaking
of a club to frighten Japan." Secretary
Swanson's telegram stated: " Your
telegram of February 4th" addressed
to the President with respect to the
announced maneuvers of the U. S.
Fleet during the coming month of
May, has been referred by the President
to me for consideration and
acknowledgement. It is apparent
from your message that you are under
a misapprehension as to the significance
of these maneuvers and the
areas in which they are to be conducted.
It has been the custom for
many years for the combined fieet to
hold annual maneuvers, sometimes in
the Pacific Ocean and sometimes in
the Atlantic Ocean. The maneuvers
this year are being held in accordance
with this custom and will take place
in the Pacific Ocean, in the vicinity
of our own possessions in Alaska and
our own possessions in the Hawaiian
Islands. They will not be held in the
Far East or off the coast of Japan
or in Japan's front door as has been
erroneously reported. In fact, the
area of operations will be wholly in
the eastern Pacific and none of our
ships will approach within two thousand
miles of Japan. I hope this explanation
will allay any apprehension
you may feel that these maneuvers
jeopardize the friendly relations
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