The United States Navy, November 1, 1940
In the back of On the Treadmill to Pearl Harbor, the memoirs of Admiral James O. Richardson, (GPO: Washington, DC, 1973) is printed as an appendix an official USN letter setting
forth the Table of Organization of the US Fleet as of November 1, 1940, when Admiral Richardson served as CINCUS. Using that letter, and other sources for confirmation, I have
put up similar tables. This info only covers the Forces Afloat in the Atlantic and Pacific, and does not cover the Shore Establishment or the Asiatic Fleet, though mention is made of
vessels assigned to Naval Districts. I have information from other sources on the shore establishment and some info on the Asiatic Fleet as well.

At this point in time the war in Europe was entering its second full year. Britain stood alone against the Axis, though Hitler was already planning for the disastrous invasion of the
Soviet Union. The US Fleet, however, was concentrated in the Pacific to counter Japanese aggression, with a small but growing Patrol Force in the Atlantic. In fact, the Fleet's
concentration at Pearl Harbor became a matter of contention between Admiral Richardson and President Roosevelt and eventually led to Richardson's relief by Rear Admiral
Husband Kimmel, Commander, Cruisers, Battle Force.

Check the changes in the strength and organization of the fleet since
October 1939 to see how the Navy was preparing for involvement in the world conflict. Further comparison to
the
October 1941 Organization may also be useful.

The information presented on the following pages helps show how the Navy stood at this key moment and shows how some of the key players in World War II were being prepared
for their service.

FORCES AFLOAT
*
BATTLE FORCE
*SCOUTING FORCE
*PATROL FORCE
*BASE FORCE
*ASIATIC FLEET
*SHIPS ASSIGNED TO NAVAL DISTRICTS
*SHIPS ACQUIRED 1939-1940
*SHIPS TRANSFERRED TO BRITAIN, SEPTEMBER 1940

*FLEET MARINE FORCE


SHORE ESTABLISHMENT
*
OFFICE OF SECRETARY, CNO, ETC

SENIOR OFFICERS BY SIGNAL NUMBER
COMMANDERS BY SIGNAL NUMBER



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Leaders of the Fleet meet in 1940 - Admirals Snyder and Richardson and
Vice-Admiral Pye.
US Navy Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command  On-Line Library.
As far as I know, it is in the public domain.