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Records of the Chief of Naval Operations
Fleet Operations Division 1940-1972

Cold Weather Operations Section
Carrier and Aircraft Operations Section
Cruiser and Destroyer Operations Section
Continental Shelf Development Section
and Movement Reports Center

Scope and Content Note

This office was concerned with all aspects of the operation, administration, and organization of the operating forces of the Navy. Its files for the 1944-1950 period include general correspondence, dispatches, reports, publications, and directives relating to specific operations and, general administrative matters. The collection is arranged by the subject symbols set forth in the Navy Filing Manual. Most of these documents date from 1947 to 1950, with only scattered items dating from the earlier period.

A second group, approximately 2 feet, is the records of the Cold Weather Operations Section of the Division for the 1946-1960 period. This consists of miscellaneous correspondence, publications, and technical reports relating to naval operations in the Arctic and Antarctic. Operational reports and plans on these areas are contained in the Post 1946 Action Reports collection and the Post 1946 Plans collection.

A third group of records consists of reports, messages, correspondence, charts, photographs, logs, and miscellaneous documents relating to the incidents in the Gulf of Tonkin on 2-4 August and 18 September 1964. Some materials relating to the 1958 investigation of these operations by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are included. Commander James I. Moore was primarily responsible for collecting these documents, which amount to about 5 feet.

The fourth group consists of about 30 feet of miscellaneous subject files, 1963-1972. Three components of the Fleet Operations Division, later known as the Surface Warfare Division and the Fleet Readiness Liaison and Command Information Support Division created these records. These components were the Carrier and Aircraft Operations Section, the Cruiser and Destroyer Operations Section, and the Continental Shelf Development Section.

The fifth and final group consists of records of the Movement Reports Center, a component of the Fleet Operations Division. One of these is a microfiche file showing the movements of individual ships, other Navy and Marine Corps commands, and flag officers from about 1940 to 1960 (about 5 cubic feet). These are filed under the name of the command or officer involved. There is also a file of microfilms dated 1946-1972 (about 6 cubic feet) showing ship locations by date, and relating to such topics as foreign port visits, employment schedules, and statistics regarding time at sea for naval ships.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Records of the Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Operations Division, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.


63 cubic feet


3 July 2003


Published: Thu Feb 19 14:10:19 EST 2015