A Deck Log can be hundreds of pages. But the ACTION REPORT is usually concise and approximately 20 pages.
The COR Reports also break down the yearly operations into a short narrative which lists major exercises and deployments. If you submit a FOIA at FOIA Online, for the ACTION REPORT or COR, just ask for the first 50 pages
because the first 2 hours of Search Time and 100 pages will be at no cost. Be specific, and give the ship, command,
dates or conflict. A ship can have multiple Action Reports as it deploys into the theater for various missions. The ship could also deploy to Vietnam, and then deploy to the Sea of Japan off the shores of North Korea for separate missions, which would be 2 separate action reports.
Also per the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, frequently requested information should be placed in electronic format for public access. There's also a "Rule of 3" whereby if the information is requested three times, then it should be cataloged for the public. Basically, there is so much that is classified, that billions of dollars are being spent to maintain it at tax payer expense. If no one submits a FOIA, it will most likely never be declassified, since there is minimal staffing or incentive to disclose the information to the public. Perhaps a good suggestion would be for every person in the USA, to submit 1 FOIA a year? Just kidding?
You may want to FOIA the ACTION REPORTS for specific missions and dates, or Major Exercise Reports.
Many of the ship reports are still considered classified or they are listed as no report submitted. The COR Command Operation Report is submitted once a year in March, and these can also be classified. Many submarine Patrol and Action Reports are classified, or perhaps were never submitted to a shore based facility?
The NHHC does have Action Reports for some of the ships during WW2 and the Korean War. Nothing is listed for
the Vietnam Era yet.
The COR may list the Operations, Exercises and Deployments, which would assist in obtaining a specific After Action Report. A FOIA can be submitted to the Navy on the FOIA Online web site. The Navy does not routinely list the FOIA responses and the FOIA response will state records not provided. But the records may be provided through a specific individual password and site through the Army Research Lab. That's how they processed the deck log involving an
unexplained areal phenomena? Now I'm waiting for the CVA-11 Event Summary, of Events 1 through 6. A submarine was also involved in the operation, but it would be skeptical to expect a release. The USS Chafee was involved and the NHHC had the 2004 COR Report displayed.
This link has the Navy History and Heritage Command site Action Reports and some COR reports.
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