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Operational Archives Branch
Naval Historical Center
805 Kidder Breese Street SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060

Chief of Information
Subject Files,

Historical Note

The Navy Office of Information is headed by the Chief of Information (CHINFO), a Rear Admiral, who is the direct representative of the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations for Navy-wide public affairs matters.

It is the responsibility of the Office of Information to provide information to Navy service members, their families, and the American public on key issues relating to the Navy and Marine Corps. This is accomplished by with working with national and international media, and community relations on a national level, and providing public affairs policy and guidance to public affairs officers, Navy journalists and civilian public affairs specialists serving the Navy worldwide.

CHINFO is also responsible for production of print and broadcast internal information products through its subordinate command, the Naval Media Center, which produces and distributes products such as Navy News, All Hands magazine, and the Navy-Marine Corps News, a weekly half-hour television program seen across the U.S. on many cable outlets. Many of these products are also made available on the World Wide Web.

To provide service to regional media and provide a more local point of contact, CHINFO maintains four Navy Offices of Information (NAVINFOs). These offices:

Other CHINFO activities include two Navy Public Affairs Centers and the Fleet Home Town News Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The Public Affairs Centers provide written, audio, and photographic feature material about Fleet personnel, units, and activities and serve as emergency reaction teams when required. The Fleet Home Town News Center writes and distributes local interest stories and articles about members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard to newspapers and media outlets across the country.

Source: Last visited: 18 April 2005.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of subject files maintained by the Office of Information. They relate to a variety of topics, including individual ships and shore establishments of the U.S. Navy, the plan for a 600 ship Navy, shipbuilding, the Soviet Navy, submarines, the space program, and weapons systems.

The collection is organized in a single series and arranged alphabetically by subject.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Chief of Information Subject Files, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.

Subject Headings (LCSH)

United States. Dept. of the Navy. Office of Information.
Armed Forces and mass media--United States.
United States. Navy--Public relations.
Warships--United States.
Submarines (Ships)--United States.
United States. Navy--Weapons systems.
Sea-power--United States.
Soviet Union. Navy.
Anti-submarine warfare--United States.
Artifical satellites, American.
Arms control--United States.
Arms control--Soviet Union.
Navy-yards and naval stations, American.
United States. Navy. Organization.


24.75 cubic feet

29 April 2005