|U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner DD-692|
|Mediterranean September - November 1954|
|Scenes from The Rock of
Gibraltar, a part of
Jim Walker's Photo Collection
Don Cassady's Photo Collection
Official Ship's Deck Log - 1954
The Allen M. Sumner got underway from the C&E Piers in Norfolk on the morning of September 7th in heavy fog with visibility at 300 yards. In company with the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) she headed into the North Atlantic for extensive training exercises. Operations continued until the 24th when she moored in Londonderry, Northern Ireland remaining until the 29th when she again set sail for operations with Carrier Division 16 returning again to Londonderry late on the 30th.
October 4th found Sumner underway with the Valley Forge for flight exercises returning again to Londonderry on the 8th. On the 11th Task Group 100.1 was back at sea bound for Barcelona, Spain arriving there on the 16th. Operations in the Mediterranean continued on the 22nd as part of Task Group 66.1 centered around the Valley Forge and lasted until the 29th when the Group entered Gibraltar.
November 1st saw the Sumner headed back into the Atlantic and bound for Ponta Delgada, Azores mooring there on the 5th. The next day she was again headed to sea for more air operations as she began a trans Atlantic run to Norfolk arriving safely home of the 13th.
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