Guide to Federal Records

Records of Naval Operating Forces


(Record Group 313)
1849-1997

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 313.1 Administrative History
  • 313.2 Records of Squadrons 1865-1910
    • 313.2.1 Records of the Asiatic Squadron
    • 313.2.2 Records of the Bering Sea Squadron
    • 313.2.3 Records of the European Squadron
    • 313.2.4 Records of the North Atlantic Squadron
    • 313.2.5 Records of the South Atlantic Squadron
    • 313.2.6 Records of other squadrons
  • 313.3 Records of Fleets (Organization of 1906) 1904-25
    • 313.3.1 Records of the Atlantic Fleet
    • 313.3.2 Records of the Pacific Fleet
    • 313.3.3 Records of Naval Forces, Europe
  • 313.4 Records of the United States Fleet (1922-41) 1921-45
  • 313.5 Records of Naval Operating Forces, World War II and Later 1931-63
    • 313.5.1 Records of the United States Fleet
    • 313.5.2 Records of the Atlantic Fleet
    • 313.5.3 Records of the Pacific Fleet
    • 313.5.4 Records of numbered fleets (Atlantic)
    • 313.5.5 Records of numbered fleets (Pacific)
    • 313.5.6 Records of Naval Forces Europe
    • 313.5.7 Records of Fleet Air organizations
    • 313.5.8 Records of miscellaneous activities
  • 313.6 Records of Pacific Ocean Area Activities 1921-59 (bulk 1939-59)
    • 313.6.1 Records of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
    • 313.6.2 Records of Naval Bases (NB)
    • 313.6.3 Records of Naval Advance Bases (NAB)
    • 313.6.4 Records of Naval Operating Bases (NOB)
    • 313.6.5 Records of Naval Stations (NS)
    • 313.6.6 Records of Naval Air Stations (NAS)
    • 313.6.7 Records of Naval Air Facilities (NAF)
    • 313.6.8 Records of Submarine Bases and Submarine Advance Bases
    • 313.6.9 Records of miscellaneous activities
  • 313.7 Records of Naval Sea Frontiers 1940-50
  • 313.8 Records of the U.S. Naval Support Force, Antarctica (USNSFA) 1939-80
  • 313.9 Other Records 1849-1909, 1935-44
    • 313.9.1 Records of the U.S. Auxiliary Naval Force
    • 313.9.2 Combined records of two or more naval forces
    • 313.9.3 Records of individual vessels
  • 313.10 Cartographic Records (General)
  • 313.11 Motion Pictures (General)
  • 313.12 Sound Recordings (General)
  • 313.13 Still Pictures (General)

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313.1 Administrative History

Finding Aids: Harry Schwartz, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of Naval Operating Forces," NM 18 (1963); supplement in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

Security-Classified Records: This record group may include material that is security-classified.

Related Records:
Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, RG 24.
Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, RG 38.
Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, RG 45.
General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1798-1947, RG 80.
Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, RG 181.
Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II, RG 331.

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313.2 Records of Squadrons
1865-1910

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313.2.1 Records of the Asiatic Squadron

Textual Records: Letters sent by Rear Adm. J.C. Watson, mainly as Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Asiatic Station, 1898- 1900; and by the Flag Secretary, 1900. Private correspondence of Commodore J.C. Watson, 1898-99. Annual report of the Commander in Chief, 1904-5.

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313.2.2 Records of the Bering Sea Squadron

Textual Records: Letters sent by the commanding officers of U.S.S. Yorktown, 1892-93, and Mohican, 1893-95. Letters received, 1893.

Related Records: Additional records of U.S.S. Mohican Under 313.9.3.

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313.2.3 Records of the European Squadron

Textual Records: Letters sent, 1869-1905. Telegrams sent, 1893- 94.

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313.2.4 Records of the North Atlantic Squadron

Textual Records: Records of successive commanders in chief, U.S. Naval Forces on North Atlantic Station, including letters sent, 1865-1905; telegrams sent, 1874-78; letters received, 1873-78, 1896-1905; correspondence, 1898-99; reports of naval engagements, 1898; and a journal of Rear Adm. William T. Sampson, 1898. Letters sent by the Eastern Squadron, 1898. Records of the Flying Squadron, consisting of letters sent and issuances, 1898. Letters and endorsements sent by the Caribbean Squadron, 1902-4, and the Atlantic Training Squadron, 1904-5. Letters sent by the Special Squadron, 1902; the 1st Squadron, 1904-5; and the Cruiser Division, 1905. Letters sent and received by the Key West Naval Base, 1898.

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313.2.5 Records of the South Atlantic Squadron

Textual Records: Letters and telegrams sent, 1892-96, and received, 1893-94. Letters, telegrams, issuances, and radio communications sent, 1899-1901. Radio and cable communications sent, 1903. Letters sent, 1904-5. Endorsements sent, 1903. Intelligence reports, 1904.

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313.2.6 Records of other squadrons

Textual Records: Reports of earthquake relief operations of a detached squadron at Kingston, Jamaica, January 1907. Letters sent by the Squadron of Evolution, 1889-92. Records of the Nicaraguan Expeditionary Squadron, 1909-10, consisting mainly of general correspondence and telegrams.

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313.3 Records of Fleets (Organization of 1906)
1904-25

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313.3.1 Records of the Atlantic Fleet

Textual Records: General report of fleet operations, 1909. Formerly security-classified intelligence reports of voyages of armed guard vessels received by the cruiser and transport force, 1917-18. Letters and endorsements sent by the Second Division, 1st Squadron, 1906-7. Letters sent by Rear Adm. C.H. Hockson, Special Service Squadron, 1907. Letters and endorsements sent by the 3d Squadron, 1905-6. Records of Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, including cablegrams and telegrams, 1917-19; issuances, 1917-18; historical files, 1917-18; Admiralty Orders, 1917-18; records of courts of inquiry, 1918-19; records relating to aircraft, 1917; muster rolls, 1917-19; press notices, 1917-18; publications, 1913-25; records of naval air stations, 1918-19; records of Destroyer Division Twenty-Six, 1925; general correspondence of Naval Air Station Ireland, 1918; reports of seaplane and motor inspection, 1918; beach log sheets, 1918; general correspondence of U.S. Naval Aviation Forces, Foreign Service, 1918; records of Commander Cruiser and Transport Force, 1914-19, including war diaries, 1917-19; records of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, 1918-19; and general correspondence of Commander Torpedo Flotilla, 1912.

Maps and Charts (20 items): Ports in CA, HI, and Japan, visited on an around-the-world cruise, 1907-8; anchorages on the Hudson River, NY, and on Culebra Island, PR, 1912-18; and locations of North Sea mines, 1918. See ALSO 313.10.

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313.3.2 Records of the Pacific Fleet

Textual Records: Letters sent, 1904-5. Letters and reports received, 1908-10. Flag journals, 1908-11.

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313.3.3 Records of Naval Forces, Europe

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1917-19.

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313.4 Records of the United States Fleet (1922-41)
1921-45

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313.4.1 General records

Textual Records: Formerly confidential correspondence of the Commander in Chief, 1939-40 (86 ft.), with registers, 1936, 1940. General correspondence, 1928-35. Miscellaneous records, 1937-38.

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313.4.2 Records of Battle Force

Textual Records: General correspondence of Commander Battle Force, 1941. Records of Commander Battleships, Battle Force, including general correspondence, 1934-44; issuances, 1938-43; muster rolls, 1930-45; joint army-navy intelligence and geographic studies, 1942-44; and inspection reports, 1938. Records of Commander Battleships Division Two, consisting of general correspondence, 1937-42; and records of gunnery exercises, 1935-42. Records of Commander Cruisers, Battle Force, including general correspondence, 1932-42; and issuances, 1936- 41. Records of Commander Destroyers, Battle Force, including confidential correspondence, 1940; general correspondence, 1935- 42; subject file, 1934-39; and additional records, 1939-41. Records of Commander Minecraft, Battle Force, consisting of general correspondence, 1937-39; and miscellaneous records, 1921- 39. General correspondence and miscellaneous records of Commander Communication Mobile Target Division One, 1937-40.

Charts (87 items, in Washington Area): Tracking charts for Fleet Problem XXI, Parts 2 and 3, 1940. See ALSO 313.10.

Architectural and Engineering Plans (81 items, in Washington Area): Plans of the Battle Force Engineer, consisting of blueprint plans of battleships, including U.S.S. Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia, 1934-36 (80 items); and plans for a sky lookout support, 1940 (1 item). See ALSO 313.10.

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313.4.3 Records of Aircraft, Battle Force

Textual Records: Records of Commander Aircraft, Battle Force, including general correspondence, 1935-42; subject file, 1934-42; serial file, 1939-42; issuances, 1936-41; reports, 1937-40; airplane jackets, 1937-40; gunnery exercises, 1935-42; ships general information books, 1928-37; ship silhouettes and recognition reports, 1941-42; personnel files, 1936-42; and financial and accounting records, 1936-40. Records of the Operations Officer, 1938-41. Correspondence of the Flag Lieutenant, 1936-37. Correspondence of the Material Officer, 1937-42. Records of the Engineering Officer, including correspondence, 1934-38; letter file, 1939-40; technical orders, 1938-39; correspondence of the Structures Branch, 1934-39; and correspondence of the Material Structures and Engineering Branch, 1939-41. Records of the Communications Officer, 1931-39. Records of the Supply Officer, consisting of general correspondence, 1936-41; serial file, 1939-42; and a miscellaneous file, 1936-41. Records of the Medical Officer, consisting of general correspondence, 1936-40; reports, 1934-39; circular letters, 1935-38; and miscellaneous records, 1934-37. General correspondence of the Fleet Air Detachment Officer, 1939-41. Records of Commander Carrier Division 2, including general correspondence, 1936-42; issuances, 1941-42; and additional records, 1937-38. Records of Commander Patrol Wing, 1942. Records of Scouting Squadron 3, 1937-43. Records of Fighting Squadron 3, 1941-43. Records of Fighting Squadron 5, 1937-42.

Charts (12 items, in Washington Area): Electric power demand curves, various aircraft, n.d. See ALSO 313.10.

Architectural and Engineering Plans (980 items, in Washington Area): Blueprint plans of aircraft carriers U.S.S. Lexington, 1931-35 (108 items); Ranger, 1937-39 (25 items); Saratoga, 1928- 39 (25 items); Wasp, 1942 (18 items); and Yorktown, 1933-39 (27 items). General plans, including battleships U.S.S. Tennessee and West Virginia; aircraft carriers U.S.S. Ranger, Saratoga, and Wasp; and cruiser U.S.S. Vincennes, 1923-41 (100 items). Blueprint plans submitted by the following commercial aircraft companies: Douglas, 1935-36 (13 items); Grumman, 1935-37 (57 items); Northrop, 1941 (7 items); Pratt and Whitney, 1931-35 (215 items); Curtiss, 1934-35 (3 items); Chance Voight, 1928, 1935-36 (5 items); Wright, 1932, 1933-35 (45 items); Bendix Brake, 1935 (2 items); and General Electric, 1941 (1 item). Plans submitted by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, n.d. (2 items); Naval Aircraft Factory (Philadelphia Navy Yard), 1935-38 (18 items); and Bureau of Aeronautics, 1935 (9 items). Plans of U.S.S. Lexington, 1928 (46 items) and 1936 (18 items). Machinery plans, U.S.S. Ranger, n.d. (54 items), and Saratoga, n.d. (54 items). General plans, U.S.S. Saratoga, 1936 (17 items). Naval Operating Base San Diego supply depot annex, 1931 (4 items); and air station hydrographic survey, 1932 (1 item). Engineering Office set of Bureau of Construction and Repair blueprint plans of ship alterations, 1934-36 (106 items). See ALSO 313.10.

Photographic Prints (26 images, in Washington Area): Engine parts, VS-1 aircraft, 1935 (25 images), and VB-5 aircraft, 1935 (1 image). See ALSO 313.13.

Photographic Negatives (8 images, in Washington Area): Nozzle rings and diaphragms, U.S.S. Langley, 1935 (6 images). Airplane wing diagram, SU-4 aircraft, n.d. (1 image). Antivibration clamps on flight wing, BG-1 aircraft, 1935 (1 image). See ALSO 313.13.

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313.4.4 Records of Scouting Force

Textual Records: Records of Commander Scouting Force, consisting of formerly security-classified correspondence, 1928-40; general correspondence, 1938-43; subject file, 1939-42; damage control exercises, 1937-39; and logbooks, 1938-45. Records of the Supply Office, 1932-42. Correspondence and other records of the Engineering Section, 1940-42. Logbooks of Scouting Squadrons 53, 1943-45; 3-D14, 1941-42; and 3-D15, 1943-44. General correspondence of Commander Cruisers, Scouting Force, 1930-40. Records of Commander Scouting Squadron 6, including general correspondence, issuances, and logs, 1934-40. Records of Commander Aircraft, Scouting Force, including general correspondence, 1937-42; serial file, 1937-41; issuances, 1938- 42; employment schedules, 1941; records relating to gunnery exercises, 1934-42; reports received from the Anacostia Naval Air Station, Washington, DC, 1931-39; reports relating to aircraft, 1930-37; records of the Flag Secretary, 1938-41; records of the Supply Office, 1937-41; and records of the Gunnery Office, 1939. Records of Commander Submarines, Scouting Force, consisting of general correspondence, 1932-42; serial file, 1932-41; miscellaneous correspondence, 1936; and reports of tactical exercises, 1941.

Charts (5 items, in Washington Area): Atlantic Coast, North Pacific, Howland Island, Panama Canal, and HI, 1933-42. See ALSO 313.10.

Aerial Photographs (48 items, in Washington Area): Johnston Island, 1941 (1 item). Palmyra Island, 1941 (2 items). San Clemente Island, 1940 (1 item). Maraki Island of Gilbert Islands, 1942 (44 items). See ALSO 313.10.

Photographs (238 images, in Washington Area):Experimental submarine periscope photography, U.S.S. Cuttlefish, Seal, and Tambor, off the coast of HI, September 1941. See ALSO 313.13.

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313.4.5 Records of Base Force

Textual Records: Records of Commander Base Force, including general correspondence, 1931-42; serial file, 1932-41; issuances, 1939-41; ships characteristics cards, 1936; reports of enlisted personnel, 1930-38; and records of the Admirals Mess, 1935-40. Correspondence and other records of the Flag Lieutenant, 1931-34, and Flag Secretary, 1938-44. Records of the Force Material Officer, 1938-41. Issuances of the Senior Medical Officer, 1937. Logs of the Flag Watch Officer, 1938. Records of the Senior Patrol Officer, consisting of Shore Patrol Arrest Reports (San Francisco, CA), 1936-37; and patrol logs, 1933-36. Intelligence file of the Confidential Office, 1942. Records of Force Athletic Officer, 1938-40. Log of Captain of the Yard, Pearl Harbor, 1936- 41. Captain's office file, U.S.S. Vestal, 1938. Records of Commander Aircraft, Base Force, including general correspondence, 1930-42; serial file, 1933-36; issuances, 1933-34; records of the Flag Secretary, 1935-36; records of the Radio, Radar Section, 1942-43; and records of the Engineering Section, 1925-39.

Maps (16 items, in Washington Area): Destroyers base, Naval Operating Base, San Diego, CA, 1939 (1 item). Military facilities, New York Harbor area, 1939 (1 item). New York railroad terminal, n.d. (1 item). Long Beach, CA, 1937 (1 item). Guantanamo, Cuba, 1932 and n.d. (5 items). Hampton Roads, VA, 1938 (1 item). Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, VA, 1938 (5 items). Berthing facilities, Norfolk, VA, 1934 (1 item). See ALSO 313.10.

Charts (23 items, in Washington Area):Air navigation, U.S. cities and states and Central and South America, 1939-40. See ALSO 313.10.

Architectural and Engineering Plans (46 items, in Washington Area): Plan of an oiler, 1937 (1 item). Plans of U.S.S. Argonne, Bagaduce, Cimarron, Lark, Natchez, Navaho, Partridge, Relief, Robin, Sonoma, Vestal, and Wright, 1940-41 (45 items). See ALSO 313.10.

Aerial Photographs (1 item, in Washington Area): Destroyers base, Naval Operating Base, San Diego, CA, 1939. See ALSO 313.10.

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313.4.6 Records of the Asiatic Fleet

Textual Records: Records of Commander Aircraft Squadron, Asiatic Fleet, including general correspondence, issuances, and miscellaneous reports, 1930-32.

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313.4.7 Records of the Atlantic Squadron

Textual Records: Formerly confidential general correspondence, 1936-40.

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313.5 Records of Naval Operating Forces, World War II and Later
1931-63

Note: The bulk of the records embraced under this subgroup constitutes a single accession that is as yet largely unprocessed and undescribed. The records relate principally to naval operating forces within the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets at different levels of the organizational hierarchy. They are physically arranged in three major sequences: "Blue Series," 5,967 boxes; "Top Secret Flag Files," 168 boxes; and "Red Series," 10,148 boxes. Records of specific components cited below may be found in any or all of the three sequences.

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313.5.1 Records of the United States Fleet

Textual Records: Records of the Commander in Chief U.S. Fleet, 1952-53.

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313.5.2 Records of the Atlantic Fleet

Textual Records: Records of Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet, 1940-61; Commander Service Force, Atlantic Fleet, 1941-58; Commander Operational Development Force, Atlantic Fleet, 1945-56; and Commander Training Command, Atlantic Fleet, 1943-59.

Records of Commander Battleship Cruiser Force, Atlantic Fleet, 1949-54. Records of Commander Cruiser Force, Atlantic Fleet, including general correspondence, serial file, gunnery exercises, and miscellaneous records, 1939-44; mailgrams, 1940-42; and additional records, 1943-48. Records of Cruiser Division Seven, Atlantic Fleet, 1942-45. Records of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet, 1957-61.

Records of Commander Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet, 1941-58.

Records of Commander Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet, including general correspondence, 1941-42; quartermaster logs, 1943-46; and additional records, 1939-61. Records of Commander Submarine Squadron 6, 1938-55; Commander Submarine Squadron 10, 1941-45; Commander Submarine Squadron 50, 1942-43; and Commander Submarine Division 61, 1943-44.

Records of Commander Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet, 1946-57; Commander Mine Squadron 8, 1943-52; Commander Mine Squadron 20 (and Destroyer Squadron 20), 1943-45; Commander Mine Division 50, 1942-44; Commander Mine Division 82, 1951-53; and Commander Escort Minesweeping Group, 1944.

Records of Commander Amphibious Forces, Atlantic Fleet, 1941-61; Commander Amphibious Training Command, Atlantic Fleet, 1942-58; Commander Amphibious Squadron 10, 1958-63; Commander 3rd Amphibious Force, 1944-45; Commander 11th Amphibious Force, 1943-45; and Amphibious Control Squadron 2, 1954-57.

Records of Commander Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet, 1942-61; Fleet Air Wings, Atlantic Fleet (Naval Air Facility Weeksville), 1949-53; Commander Fleet Air Quonset Point, RI, 1943-58; Commander Fleet Air Wing 7, 1942-45; Commander Fleet Air Wing 12 (Key West), 1943; Commander Fleet Air Norfolk, VA, 1944; Commander 2d Carrier Task Force, 1944-45; Commander Antisubmarine Defense Force Atlantic, 1952-61; and Commander Naval Air Transport Service Command Ferry Wing, 1943-47.

Records of Commander Naval Forces Northwest African Waters, 1943; Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, 1942- 58; Commander Fleet Air Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, 1952- 55; Commander Naval Forces Mediterranean, 1943-48; Commander Mideast Force, 1951-56; Commander Task Group 80.1, 1945; and Commander Battleship Division 2, 1956-57.

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313.5.3 Records of the Pacific Fleet

Textual Records: Records of Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet, 1940-61, including miscellaneous operations and maintenance files, 1943-44; and a microfilm copy of incoming and outgoing mail logs, 1940-44 (16 rolls). Records of Commander Service Force, Pacific Fleet, including general correspondence, 1938-45; records relating to ships, 1938-45; compass record of U.S.S. Amber, 1941; Captain's Night Order book, 1943-44; and additional records, 1938-60. Records of Commander Service Squadron 1, 1959- 61. Records of Commander Training Command, Pacific Fleet, 1943- 58.

Records of Commander Battleship Cruiser Force, Pacific Fleet, 1942-49; and Commander Cruiser Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet, 1949-59.

Records of Commander Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet, 1940-50.

Records of Commander Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, 1931-59; Commander Submarine Flotilla 1, 1949-55; and Commander Submarine Squadron 7, 1951-53.

Records of Commander Mine Force, Pacific Fleet, 1941-56; Commander Mine Squadron 3, 1949-52; Commander Mine Division 3, 1943-45; and Commander Mine Division 11, 1946-54.

Records of Commander Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons, Pacific Fleet, 1943-45; and Commander Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 1, 1940-45.

Records of Commander Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, consisting of general correspondence, serial file, engine parts lists, and miscellaneous records, 1939-45; and additional records, 1943-57. Records of Commander Amphibious Training Command, Pacific Fleet, 1942-58.

Records of Commander Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet, 1941-59; Commander Fleet Air Alameda, CA, 1942-59; Commander Fleet Air Seattle, WA, 1942-51; Commander Fleet Air Japan, 1950-54; Commander Fleet Air Hawaii, 1945-60; Commander Fleet Air Whidbey, WA (Fleet Air Wing 4), 1947-56; Commander Fleet Air Wing 14, 1942-48; Fleet Logistic Air Wing Pacific Fleet, 1947-57; and Naval Air Transport Service Pacific, 1942-48.

Records of Commander Blockading and Escort Force, Pacific Fleet, 1950-55; Commander Escort Carrier Force Pacific, 1944-45; and Commander 1st Carrier Task Force, 1944-45.

Records of Commanding General Fleet Marine Force Pacific, 1941- 58; Commanding General Air Fleet Marine Force Pacific, 1942-55; Commanding General 1st Marine Air Wing, 1952; and Commanding General 1st Marine Division, 1942-55.

Records of Commander Service Squadron Southern Pacific, 1942-45; Commander Amphibious Forces Southern Pacific, 1942-45; Commander Fleet Aircraft Southern Pacific, 1942-44; Commander Southwest Pacific, 1942; Commander Submarines Southwest Pacific, 1942-45; Commander Destroyer Flotilla West Pacific, 1950; Northern Pacific Forces, 1951-59; Commander Naval Forces Far East, 1945-57; Commander Naval Forces Japan, 1950-61; Commander Naval Forces Kyushu, 1945-46; Commander Naval Forces Marianas, 1942-54; Naval Forces Western Pacific, 1945; Commander Naval Forces Philippines, 1944-45; Commander Naval Forces Ryukyu Islands, 1945; Commander Formosa Patrol Force (Fleet Air Wing 1), 1951-54; and Commander Taiwan Patrol Force (Fleet Air Wing 1), 1957-60.

Records of Underwater Demolition Team 13, 1951-54; Commander Battleship Division 1 (including records of Battleship Divisions 2 and 7), 1933-46; and Commander Task Force 71, 1945.

Maps and Charts (3,310 items):Strategic, tactical, and operations maps and charts, including flak maps, air and gunnery target maps, briefing charts, approach charts, and photomaps, of World War II contested areas in the Pacific, compiled or collected by the Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet/Commander in Chief Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPAC/CINCPOA), 1942-45 (1,125 items). CINCPAC/CINCPOA plans and related reports pertaining to naval operations in the Pacific and the occupation of Japan, 1944-47 (100 items). War patrol track charts of U.S. Navy submarines in the Pacific whose names began with letters G through W, 1943-45 (1,400 items). Tracks of ships overlays relating to the Pacific and the Malay Archipelago, 1944-46 (450 items). Action plots relating to naval operations in the western Pacific, 1944-45 (225 items). Air search plans in the Pacific, 1944-45 (10 items). See ALSO 313.10.

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313.5.4 Records of numbered fleets (Atlantic)

Textual Records: Records of Commander 2d Fleet, 1946-56. Records of 4th Fleet, 1942-46; 6th Fleet, 1947, 1951-59; 8th Fleet, 1942- 45; and 10th Fleet, 1946. General correspondence of the 12th Fleet, 1944-45.

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313.5.5 Records of numbered fleets (Pacific)

Textual Records: Records of the 1st Fleet, 1945-56; 3d Fleet, 1944-46; and 5th Fleet, 1943-45. Records of the 7th Fleet, 1941- 60; Commander 7th Fleet, 1958-60; Commander Service Force, 7th Fleet, 1944-45; Fleet Marine Force, 7th Fleet, 1958-63; and Commander Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron, 7th Fleet, 1943-46.

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313.5.6 Records of Naval Forces Europe

Textual Records: Records of Commander in Chief U.S. Naval Forces Europe, 1939-61; and Commander Naval Forces Europe, 1939-44. Records of Commander Naval Forces Germany, 1944-57; and Commander U.S. Ports and Bases Germany, 1944-45. Records of Commander Amphibious Bases United Kingdom (Commander Task Force 127), 1943- 45; and Naval Advanced Amphibious Base Portland, Weymouth, Dorset, 1944-45.

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313.5.7 Records of Fleet Air organizations

Textual Records: Records of Commander Fleet Air West Coast, 1942- 49. Records of Commander Fleet Air Wing 4, 1941-45; Commander Fleet Air Wing 5, 1944-56; and Commander Fleet Air Wing 14, 1949- 54. Records of Fleet Airship Wing 1, 1954-61.

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313.5.8 Records of miscellaneous activities

Textual Records: Records of the Naval Attache for Air, London, 1943-44. Records of Commander Task Force 24, 1941-46; Commander All Forces, Aruba, Curacao, 1942-45; Carrier Division 19, 1944- 46; Commander Battleship Squadron 1, 1944-45; Commander Mine Squadron 2, 1942-45; Commander Transport Squadron 12, 1943-45; Commander Submarine Squadron 3, 1939-45; Commander Southeast Pacific/Commander Cruiser Division 3, 1942-48; Marine Air Group 33 (1st Marine Air Wing), 1945-54; Commander Fleet Training Group Western Pacific, 1949-50; and Commander Blimp Headquarters Squadron 2, 1943-44. Logbooks of Airship Squadron 1, June 1- October 31, 1961 (in Philadelphia). Records of Airship Squadron 3, 1959-60 (in Philadelphia).

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313.6 Records of Pacific Ocean Area Activities
1921-59 (bulk 1939-59)

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313.6.1 Records of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)

Textual Records (in San Francisco, except as noted): Records of MSTS Pacific Area, including subject files, 1950-56, 1959; records relating to arctic operations, 1955-57; and (in Washington Area) general correspondence, command locators, and originator locators, 1958. Subject files of MSTS Mid-Pacific Area, 1949-50. Records of MSTS San Francisco, including subject files, 1949-55; and organization charts, 1951-54. Subject files of MSTS Pearl Harbor, 1950-54. Correspondence of MSTS Service Office, Guam, 1956.

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313.6.2 Records of Naval Bases (NB)

Textual Records (in San Francisco): Subject files of NB 926 (Guam), 1949-51.

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313.6.3 Records of Naval Advance Bases (NAB)

Textual Records (in San Francisco, except as noted): Subject file of NAB 208 (Upolu, Western Samoa), 1943-44. Records of NAB 825 (Roi and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands), 1946. Records of NAB 60 (Russell Islands of Solomon Islands), 1943-44 (in Washington Area).

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313.6.4 Records of Naval Operating Bases (NOB)

Textual Records (in San Francisco): Subject files and other records of NOB 1504 (Midway Island), 1942-50.

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313.6.5 Records of Naval Stations (NS)

Textual Records (in San Francisco): Records of the NS at Tutuila Island, American Samoa, including correspondence and subject files, 1921-49; formerly security-classified correspondence of the Commandant/Governor of American Samoa, 1941-45; yard files, 1943-45; station logbooks, 1942-51; and records of the Naval Government Unit, 1949-51. Records of NS 824 (Kwajalein, Marshall Islands), 1943-47, 1950-52. Subject files of NS 926 (Guam), 1951- 52. Subject files of NS 3080 (Midway Island), 1950-55.

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313.6.6 Records of Naval Air Stations (NAS)

Textual Records (in San Francisco): Subject files of NAS 30 (Puuene, Maui, Hawaiian Islands), 1942-45. Records of NAS 309 (Palmyra, Caroline Islands), 1939-47. Subject files of NAS 824 (Kwajalein, Marshall Islands), 1950. Records of NAS 926 (Guam), consisting of subject files, 1949, 1952-54; and correspondence, 1955. Subject files of NAS 939 (Orote, Guam), 1945-49. Records of NAS 943 (Agana, Guam), consisting of subject files, 1944-56; station logs and administrative files, 1951; and correspondence, 1950-52. Records of NAS 958 (Kagman Point, Mariana Islands), 1944-47. Subject files of NAS 3245 (Tanapag, Saipan, Marshall Islands), 1946-50.

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313.6.7 Records of Naval Air Facilities (NAF)

Textual Records (in San Francisco): Subject files of NAF 807 (Ebeye Island, Marshall Islands), 1944-47. Records of NAF 3247 (Tinian, Mariana Islands), 1946-47. Records of NAF 3410 (Moen Island, Truk Islands), 1943-47.

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313.6.8 Records of Submarine Bases and Submarine Advance Bases

Textual Records (in San Francisco, except as noted):Records of Submarine Base 128 (Pearl Harbor), consisting of correspondence, 1951-58; subject files, 1951-58; and (in Washington Area) additional records, 1948-59. Records of Submarine Advance Base 3234 (Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands), 1940, 1942-45.

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313.6.9 Records of miscellaneous activities

Textual Records: Records of the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific Ocean Areas (JICPOA), 1942-46. Records of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1923-51; and Commander Marshalls/Gilberts Area, 1942-46. Subject files of Fleet Logistical Support, Pacific, 1949-50 (in San Francisco).

Aerial Photographs (1,020 items): JICPOA aerial reconnaissance of areas in Japan; the Ryukyu Islands; and Luzon, Philippine Islands, 1944-45. See ALSO 313.10.

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313.7 Records of Naval Sea Frontiers
1940-50

Textual Records: General correspondence and war diaries of the Eastern Sea Frontier, 1941-50. Records of the Gulf Sea Frontier, consisting of formerly security-classified and unclassified correspondence, 1940-46; subject files, 1942-45; and war diaries, 1942-45. Formerly security-classified correspondence of the Caribbean Sea Frontier, 1942-46. Formerly security-classified war diaries of the Northwestern Sea Frontier, 1942-46. General correspondence of the Hawaiian Sea Frontier, 1942-46.

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313.8 Records of the U.S. Naval Support Force, Antarctica
(USNSFA)
1939-97

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313.8.1 Administrative records

Textual Records: Records of the Division of History and Research, including administrative records and a research file, 1955-72; and correspondence, letters sent, and subject files, 1971-72. Correspondence and miscellaneous subject files of the Historical Officer, 1972-74. Record set of USNSFA publications, 1955-68. Records of the Office of Public Affairs, including subject files, 1947-91; bulletins of the U.S. Anarctic Projects Officer, 1959-65; and issues of the Anarctica Sun Times, an inhouse newspaper, 1975-97.

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313.8.2 Operational records

Textual Records: Reports of Operation Windmill, 1947-48, and Operation High Jump, 1947. Clippings from Australian, New Zealand, and U.S. newspapers, 1957-61. Reports and reference files of Task Force 68 (Operation High Jump), 1946-47. Subject files, logistics planning files, staff studies, reading files, dispatches, and other records of Task Force 66 (Operation High Jump II), 1948-50. Reports of Task Force 48 concerning U.S.S. Atka Antarctic Expedition, 1954-55. Correspondence, subject files, project files, and reports of Task Force 43 (Operation Deep Freeze), including records relating to U.S. Navy exploratory flights in Antarctica, 1955-94.

Maps (15 items):USNSFA annotated base maps of Antarctica and an accompanying published report relating to the army-navy trail party of Operation Deep Freeze II, 1956-57. See ALSO 313.10.

Aerial Photographs (1,557 items, in Washington Area): Operation Deep Freeze, maintained by the Photographic Officer, Task Force 43, consisting of a general series, 1955-69 (200 items); "Task Force Activity" series, 1956-61 (457 items); and "U.S. Navy XAM" series, 1959-69 (900 items). See ALSO 313.10.

Motion Pictures (35 reels, in Washington Area): Antarctica, 1939- 65 (29 reels). Australian Expedition, taken by U.S. observer Isaac Schlossbach, 1955-56 (6 reels).

Sound Recordings (10 items, in Washington Area): Task Force 43 (Operation Deep Freeze), n.d.

Photographs (64,502 images, in Washington Area): Operation Deep Freeze, maintained by the Photographic Officer, Task Force 43, 1960-80. See ALSO 313.13.

Photographic Prints (89,740 images, in Washington Area): Operation Deep Freeze, maintained by the Photographic Officer, Task Force 43, consisting of a general series, 1955-69 (52,800 images); "Task Force Activity" series, 1956-61 (11,338 images); "U.S. Navy XAM" series, 1959-69 (22,647 images); and "U.S. Navy XAC" series, 1959-69 (2,955 images). See ALSO 313.13.

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313.9 Other Records
1849-1909, 1935-44

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313.9.1 Records of the U.S. Auxiliary Naval Force

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1898. Letters received regarding the purchase of auxiliary vessels for use by the navy, 1898. Letters sent by Headquarters Second Coast Defense District, Boston, 1898. Letters sent and received by Headquarters Fourth Coast Defense District, Philadelphia, 1898.

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313.9.2 Combined records of two or more naval forces

Textual Records: Letters sent by the Squadron for Special Service and Navy Review Fleet, 1892-93. Letters and endorsements sent by the South Atlantic Squadron and Combined European and South Atlantic Squadrons, 1902-3. Letters, cables, radio dispatches, and endorsements sent by the South Atlantic Squadron, North Atlantic Squadron (Caribbean and Second Squadrons), and Third Division, Atlantic Fleet, 1903-6.

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313.9.3 Records of individual vessels

Textual Records: Records of U.S.S. Alliance, consisting of letters sent, 1878-87, and received, 1904, by commanding officer. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Atlanta, 1888-89. Formerly security-classified general records of U.S.S. Augusta, 1935-44 (85 ft.). Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Brooklyn, 1896-1906. Letters received by commanding officer of U.S.S. Culgoa, 1902-5. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Dale, 1857-59. General correspondence of U.S.S. Iowa, 1897-98. Letters sent and received by commanding officer of U.S.S. Iroquois, 1902-6. Dispatches sent and relayed by U.S.S. Louisiana, 1908-9. War diary and dispatches of commanding officer of U.S.S. Marblehead, 1941-44. Records of U.S.S. Massachusetts, consisting of letters sent by commanding officer, 1871, and chief engineer, 1896-99. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Midnight, 1864-65. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Mohican, 1888-90. Records of U.S.S. Monongahela, consisting of letters sent by commanding officer, 1875-76, and paymaster, 1902. Letter books of U.S.S. Niagara relating to the Atlantic Cable, 1856-58. Expenditure book of U.S. Gunboat Pembina, n.d. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Pensacola, 1874-76, 1879-84. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Pinta, 1883-90. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Quinnebaug, 1883-85. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Tallapoosa, 1886-88. Correspondence register of U.S.S. Texas, 1906-8. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Thetis, 1889-94. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Vixen, 1849-51. Deck notes and rough log of U.S.S. Ward, 1941-42. Letters sent and received by U.S.S. Wasp, 1871-75. Letters sent by commanding officer of U.S.S. Wyoming, 1878-80.

Related Records: Additional records of U.S.S. Mohican Under 313.2.2.

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313.10 Cartographic Records (General)

See Maps and Charts Under 313.3.1 and 313.5.3.
See Maps Under 313.4.5 and 313.8.2.
See Charts Under 313.4.2, 313.4.3, 313.4.4, and 313.4.5.
See Architectural and Engineering Plans Under 313.4.2, 313.4.3, and 313.4.5.
See Aerial Photographs Under 313.4.4, 313.4.5, 313.6.9, and 313.8.2.

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313.11 Motion Pictures (General)

See Under 313.8.2.

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313.12 Sound Recordings (General)

See Under 313.8.2.

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313.13 Still Pictures (General)

See Photographs Under 313.4.4 and 313.8.2.
See Photographic Prints Under 313.4.3 and 313.8.2.
See Photographic Negatives Under 313.4.3.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
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