The United States Navy, The Navy Afloat
October 1, 1941
On October 1, 1941, the United States was slowly moving towards conflict in both the Atlantic and Pacific, to counter threats to national interests posed by .Germany and Japan.
However, it would be the end of the month before the USN suffered its first loss, when USS REUBEN JAMES was sunk by a German U-boat in the Atlantic, and two months before
the Japanese attack on the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Still, the organization of the forces afloat changed relatively little from October 1 to December 7, and so it should be informative to see how the Navy organized these forces. The
sources for the pages with this information are the Confidential Notices issued by fleet commanders on or about October 1, setting  the Administrative organization of their forces
for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 1942, which began on that date. At present, thanks to the generosity and kind help of Jeffrey Remick, I have copies of the Atlantic and Pacific
Fleet Confidential Notices. If such a notice exists for the Asiatic Fleet I home to acquire that at some point in the future. Of course, the Fleet commanders would not have included
information on the Shore Establishment, so this is not included here.

Note that the Atlantic Fleet information has been marked up with written and typed notations, most seeming to date from early 1942. I have ignored these as unhistorical for
October 1941 and gone with the original information as best as can be deciphered. When there is some doubt, I have so noted. The names of the Atlantic Fleet battleship captains,
overwritten in my source material, were generously provided by Jurgen Doescher.

Check the changes in the strength and organization of the fleet since
October 1939 and November 1940 to see how the Navy was preparing for involvement in the world conflict.

The information presented on the following pages helps show how the Navy stood at this key moment and shows how some of the key players in World War II were being prepared
for their service.

PACIFIC FLEET
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BATTLE FORCE
*SCOUTING FORCE
*BASE FORCE

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ATLANTIC FLEET
  *ORGANIZATION BY TASK FORCE

*SHIPS ASSIGNED TO NAVAL DISTRICTS
* FLEET MARINE FORCE

*COMMANDERS BY SIGNAL NUMBER





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Vice Admiral William Halsey had not yet achieved fame in 1941, but would soon emerge as one
of the USN's most aggressive commanders, eventually attaining the rank of Fleet Admiral.
He was one of the few senior officers holding seagoing command in late 1941 who also held
seagoing command in September 1945.

US Navy Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command  On-Line Library.
As far as I know, it is in the public domain.