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Navy Yard, Puget Sound,
FLEET LETTER NO. 52-22.
1. Reference (a) is quoted for information and guidance:
"Reference: (a) Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet Despatch 4010-1145.
"1. For the information of the Commander-in-Chief, the following comparison is offered of the cost of the ration in the Pacific Fleet for the month of June 1922 and the cost in the Atlantic Fleet for the same period:
"2. From the above it will be noted that the cost of the ration is in one instance practically 3½ cents higher and in the other practically 4 cents.
"3. It is not believed that this excess is due entirely to higher prices but rather to less supervision and possibly greater waste.
"4. Attention is invited to reference (b) in which the necessity for economy was clearly pointed out and in which several means were offered for reducing waste. The recent division of responsibility in the supply departments of the larger vessels by the assignment of Assistants for Disbursing should permit supply officers to devote more time to the administration of the general messes which in turn should be reflected by reduced costs of subsistence.
"5. It would be appreciated if the Commander-in-Chief would see fit to bring this matter to the attention of all concerned and to take such additional action as may be considered advisable.
/s/ T. W. Leutze,
2. With reference to the data presented in paragraph (1) above, the Commander-in-Chief is particularly impressed with the fact that in both fleets the cost of ration of battleships is higher than that of train ships. There are but small differences noted between bills of fare of ships of the same class. These may be considered for all practical purposes to be standardized. With ships operating under like conditions and obtaining provisions from identical sources, those having the best perfected organization will show the lowest cost. Improvement in this respect, in connection with which particular attention is invited to paragraph (4) of the above quoted letter, will result in an appreciable lowering of the ration cost.
E. W. EBERLE.
Distribution I. A to DD.
National Archives & Records Administration, Seattle Branch
Record Group 181, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Captain of the Yard Passive Defense Files
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