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


Records of the
Reserve Fleet,
1947-1960


Introduction

The first installment of records was transferred by the Fleet Development and Maintenance Division, Reserve Fleet Branch, in 1958. Its successor, Ships Material Readiness Division, Reserve Fleet Ships Branch, transferred a second installment of records in 1962. The collection is comprised of 13 feet of records relating to the Atlantic and Pacific Reserve Fleets. The collection is arranged into two sub-groups of records: Sub-Group 1 is the Records of the Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Fleet Development and Maintenance Division, Reserve Fleet Branch (OP-432). Sub-Group 2 is the Records of Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Ships Material Readiness Division, Reserve Fleet Ships Branch (OP-432). The bulk of the collection consists of files in Sub-Group 1 (ca. 12.5 feet). Sub-Group 2 comprises circa 5 feet of documentation. The collection covers the activities of the Reserve Fleets from 1947 through 1960.


Historical Note

According to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Organization Charts (Revised 30 May 1949), the organizational structure is Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Fleet Maintenance Division, Reserve Fleets Branch (OP-439). The functions of the branch are to coordinate matters relating to the berthing, administration and maintenance of the Reserve Fleets; follow progress of the activation and inactivation of Reserve Fleet vessels and render special reports as required by the Chief of Naval Operations; and review mobilization planning as it effects the Reserve Fleets.

According to Chief of Naval Operations Directories for 1951 and 1952, the organizational structure is Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Fleet Maintenance Division, Reserve Fleets Branch (OP-439).

In the February, May, and August 1953 Directories, there is a Fleet Maintenance Division, Reserve Fleets Branch (OP-43R). In the November 1953 through May 1954 Directories, there is a Fleet Maintenance Division but no Reserve Fleets Branch. However, there is a Reserve Fleet Coordinator (OP-43R).

In the June 1954 Chief of Naval Operations Directory, the Fleet Maintenance Division becomes the Fleet Development and Maintenance Division and a Reserve Fleet Coordinator (OP-43R) is listed. This organizational structure is documented in the Chief of Naval Operations Directories through December 1957.

In the March 1958 Directory the structure becomes Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Fleet Development and Maintenance Division, Reserve Fleet Branch (OP-432).

According to the Chief of Naval Operations Directories through March 1959, the organizational structure remains Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Fleet Development and Maintenance Division, Reserve Fleet Branch (OP-432).

By the June 1959 Chief of Naval Operations Directory, the organizational structure changes to Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Ships Material Readiness Division, Reserve Fleet Ships Branch (OP-432).

According to the Chief of Naval Operations Organization Manual (Change 17 approved 7 October 1960), the mission of Reserve Fleet Ships Branch is to insure that ships of the Reserve Fleets are maintained in the highest state of materiel readiness consistent with their probable utilization. The branch's functions include:


Scope and Content Note

The collection is arranged by series and consists of official correspondence (dispatches, letters, and memoranda), files relating to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet and East Coast Groups, files relating to the Pacific Reserve Fleet and West Coast Groups, Activation and Inactivation Files, and Dispersal and Mobilization Files. In addition to this material, other documentation relating to the berthing, administration and maintenance of the Reserve Fleet includes Subject Files, Reserve Fleet general files, Material Inspection Reports, and OPNAV Notices and Instructions.

Groups of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet include Boston, Charleston, Florida, New London, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, and Texas. The groups of the Pacific Reserve Fleet include Alameda, Bremerton, Columbia River, Long Beach, Mare Island, San Diego, San Francisco, Stockton, and Tacoma.

The collection was bulk declassified and is open to all researchers.


Series Description

Sub-Group 1. Records of Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Fleet Development & Maintenance Division, Reserve Fleet Branch (OP-432), 1947-1958.

Sub-Group 2. Records of Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Ships Material Readiness Division, Reserve Fleet Ships Branch (OP-432), 1956-1960.


Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Records of the Reserve Fleet, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.


Extent

17.5 cubic feet


3 July 2003