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All we can say for sure is he was promoted sometime between Star Trek V & VI. Some of the novels publised after 1991 may give a non canon timeframe, but there's no canon date. Although there is a scene in the novelization of Star Trek II where Kirk & Sulu speak of his promotion to the Commanding Officer of the USS Excelsior. TrekFan1984 Ends (talk) 02:54, March 21, 2017 (UTC)

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