US Naval forces numbering question

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US Naval forces numbering question

Post by Andy H » 27 Dec 2002 15:43

Can anyone explain the numbering system or logic to American Naval TFs or TGs during WW2?

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Post by Andy H » 04 Jan 2003 20:20

Come on Yanks I simply cant believe that not a single person has any idea on this

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Post by Galahad » 04 Jan 2003 23:14

That's an easy one. Task Forces were first numbered according to the fleet they were part of. Example, Task Force 38, Third Fleet. Then they were numbered as to the individual sections.....TF 38.1. Then further subunits.....TF 38.1.1.

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Post by Andy H » 05 Jan 2003 13:08

Galahad-Thank you

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US Naval Forces Numbering

Post by Jack Nisley » 15 Jan 2003 18:54

Divided task force/task group/task unit/task element, i.e.
Fifth Fleet
TF58 = Fast Carrier Force
TG58.2 = Second Carrier Group
TU58.2.4 = Fouth subunit in group, perhaps Destroyer Squadron that is part of screening ships.
TE58.2.4.2 = Element in Fourth subunit, perhaps Destroyer Division within Squadron
No special rhyme or reason to TF numbering. General practice in Third/Fifth Fleet (Central Pacific Force under Halsey/Spruance) was TF 38/58 = Fast Carriers, TF 34/54 was Fast Battleships when operating separately, TF 37/57 = British Fast Carrier Force, low 30/50's were Amphibious Force/Expeditionary Troops/Amphib Support Force for invasions.
Single digit or teens usually directly under CINCPACFLEET, i.e. Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet.

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Post by Andy H » 15 Jan 2003 19:15

Jack

Many thanks for your input, I had an idea that there was no particular rule over TF numbering.

Again Thank You

Andy

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