U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner DD-692
Northern Europe - July to September 1955

Approaching the White Cliffs of Dover with the USS Wisconsin, a part of Jim Walker's Photo Collection

Official Ship's Deck Log - 1955

The Sumner departed the C&E Piers in Norfolk on the morning of July 11th in company with the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) and USS Albany (CA-123) as Task Group 40.2. The destroyer escort was comprised of the Sumner, USS Moale (DD-693), USS Ingraham (DD-694), USS Damato (DD- 871) and the USS Wilkinson (DL-5).  Tactical maneuvers were undertaken during the Atlantic crossing enroute to Bergen, Norway passing the Azores on the 18th and the Orkney Islands on the 24th. She arrived in Bergen on July 26th and welcomed the Governor of Bergen and Nordaland and the Mayor of Bergen that afternoon. The Group remained in Norway for a week before departing on July 31st for Stockholm, Sweden. Sumner arrived in Stockholm on the morning of August 4th and had public visiting the next several days with over 3,000 visitors coming aboard. 

Sumner was again underway on the 9th bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the Group practiced operational evolutions for two weeks before pulling into GITMO on the 25th. The next four days were spent on daily exercises in the Bay area before departing for Norfolk on the 29th. She arrived back at the C&E Piers on September 2nd mooring alongside the USS Shenandoah (AD-26).

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