U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner DD-692
Command History

A Chief of Naval Operations' instruction (OPNAVINST 5750.12A) required all commissioned ships in the Navy to submit an annual Command History Report. This report covered the operational and administrative actions of the command for each calendar year. To provide the crew of the current commissioned ship with a better understanding of its history, and in concert with the histories in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, the annual history/command operational reports are posted for reference purposes. It appears that this requirement began with calendar year 1969 while in 1968 it was a ComDesRon Sixteen requirement, Instruction P5000.1A.  Prior to 1968 no reports of this type have been located.  As will be seen, over the years they increased in size, detail and content.

Submission by ComDesRon 16 - undated

Submission by CDR James A. Meacham - dated 7 February 1969

Submission by CDR James A. Meacham - dated 11 February 1970

Submission by CDR Robert H. Laighton - dated 1 March 1971/revised 24 June 1971

Submission by CDR Richard G. Hollenbach - dated 13 June 1972

Submission by CDR Richard G. Hollenbach - dated 16 April 1973

Submission by LCDR Maurice J. Bresnahan - dated 13 August 1973

Many thanks to the Naval Historical Center who provided us with these reports.