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Post 1974 Command File,

Scope and Content Note

The materials held for each originating command are filed under five subgroups: Command Histories; Serial materials; Chronological materials (miscellaneous documents filed in chronological order); Action and Operational Reports; and Plans, Orders and Related Documents.

Command Histories: The bulk of the Post 1974 Command File consists of command history submissions received annually from U.S. Navy commands and shore establishments. These histories are indexed by originating command. Biographies of commanding officers included with command histories are filed in the Biographical Files and photos are transferred to the Photographic Section.

Series Material: Other documentation contained in the file includes series materials. These materials are filed by originator. Examples of series materials include: NAVNEWS and NAVOP messages; catalogs of Naval Shore Activities; Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet Indian Ocean Fact Book; Chief of Naval Operations Annual Reports; Department of the Navy Reports to Congress; Defense Intelligence Agency Weekly Intelligence Summaries and Publications; Flag Officer Newsletters and Newsgrams; Joint Chiefs of Staff National Military Command Center Operational Summaries; Mine Warfare Summaries; MOVREP Unit Locator Reports; Naval Intelligence Command Publications; Naval Sea Systems Monthly Progress Reports; Naval Warfare Publications; OPNAV Instructions and Notices; Organization Charts and Manuals; Rosters of Officers; Standard Navy Distribution Lists; State Department Background Notes.

Chronological Materials: Individual documents of historical value are held in this subgroup. These documents are filed by the originator and cross-indexed in the card index. Studies make up a large part of this material. Although most of the Command File is U.S. Navy originated, some documentation was prepared by other services, by foreign navies, by research organizations under government contract, or by private individuals.

Action and Operational Reports: Many of the documents included in this collection are letter or narrative reports. Most are cruise, deployment, or exercise reports removed from Command History appendices or forwarded in lieu of Command Histories. There is a segment of missile report quarterlies for the 1974-1978 period indexed and interfiled under the name of the appropriate guided missile ship.

Plans, Orders and Related Documents: The material in this collection documents Navy planning for programs, training, and operations to maintain readiness for crisis or war situations. The bulk of the file was received as appendices to Command Histories. A few Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, foreign-originated, and unified command documents are included in the collection.

Note: Command histories of all naval aviation squadrons and some senior aviation commands and shore establishments (including Naval Air Stations) are held in the Aviation History Section of the Archives Branch. Command histories of individual ships are held in the Ships History Section of the Archives Branch. Some of these command histories have been digitized and can be found here. Artifacts from the Hewitt collection have been transferred to the Curator Branch.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Post 1974 Command File, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.


600 cubic feet


3 July 2003


Published: Tue Apr 25 18:13:28 EDT 2017