Naval History And Heritage Command - United States Navy
The U.S. Navy has seen dramatic changes since its establishment on 13 October 1775 in technology, personnel, and operations. Despite these changes, however, many of the Navy’s customs and traditions have remained steadfastly consistent. Some Navy traditions harken back to early naval superstitions, whereas others reflect the discipline and/or comradery of the modern Navy. Customs and
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Origins of the Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) The U.S. Navy’s creation and development extended over nearly a quarter of a century, from the American Revolution to the Quasi-War with France, and proceeded in the face of numerous political, philosophical, and economic obstacles. The following essay and listing of resources paint a colorful and well-round picture of the service’s origins.
Naval History and Heritage Command - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Before the mast Literally, the position of the crew whose living quarters on board were in the forecastle (the section of a ship forward of the foremast). The term is also used more generally to describe seamen as compared with officers, in phrases such as
Game Scores - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625), before launched at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia, 30 November 1962. Note, the “Beat Army” banner. Navy won the Army-Navy Game that year, score Navy 34 – Army 14. NHHC Photograph Collection, Ships, L-File.
Burial at Sea - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) As far as anyone knows, the tradition of burial at sea has been in practice for as long as people have gone to sea. In earlier times, the body was sewn into a weighted shroud, usually sailcloth. The body was then sent over the side, usually with an appropriate religious ceremony. Many burials at sea took place as recently as World War II when naval forces operated at sea for weeks and months ...
The Sailor’s Creed
Posted: (0 seconds ago) I am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment. I am committed to ...
Chiefs of Naval Operations - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) The U.S. Navy has made amazing progress throughout its history. From coal power to nuclear power and hybrid electric drive; from weapons like basic guns and artillery to precision laser-guided munitions, lasers, and developmental electromagnetic railguns; from paper maps and charts to real-time satellite navigation—the Navy has come a long way. While credit for the operational success of the ...
Naval History and Heritage Command - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) is an Echelon II command headquartered on the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. As the institutional memory of the U.S. Navy, NHHC’s vision and mission is to ensure the preservation of U.S. Navy history and heritage through its many dedicated historians, librarians, archivists, underwater archaeologists, museum curators, and support ...
Submarine Force - NHHC
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Jan 19, 1991 · Submarines have a long history in the United States, beginning with Turtle, during the American Revolution. The world’s first combat submarine, invented by David Bushnell, was devised as a means of breaking the British blockade of Boston Harbor but was unsuccessful on multiple attempts. The U.S. Navy officially joined the undersea world when it purchased USS Holland (SS-1) on 11 April 1900 ...
Arizona (BB-39) Wreck Site (1941) - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Brief History The Pennsylvania-class battleship Arizona (BB-39) was launched 19 June 1915 at the New York Naval Shipyard, and commissioned to the United States Atlantic Fleet under the command of Captain J. D. McDonald on 17 October 1916. Arizona spent World War I patrolling the waters of the Northeast as part of Battleship Division 8 out of Norfolk, Virginia, where her fuel oil requirements ...
Pearl Harbor Attack
Posted: (0 seconds ago) In the video sound bite below, Naval History and Heritage Command historian Robert J. Cressman discusses Japan's strategic objective for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Why Pearl Harbor Click the links below for additional sets of video sound bites to hear Cressman answer …
The Ship’s Bell
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Ship bells have been a part of the traditions of the world's navies and merchant fleets for centuries for both functional and ceremonial uses. One of the earliest recorded mentions of a ship's bell was on the British ship Grace Dieu in about 1485. Some ten years later, an inventory of the English ship Regent listed two “wache bells.” Used for signaling, keeping time, and sounding alarms ...
April 30 - NHHC
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Colloquium on Contemporary History 1989-1998; DANFS - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships; Documentary Histories; Naval Aviation Histories; Needs and Opportunities in the Modern History of the U.S. Navy; Oral Histories; Ship Histories; Histories Branch Overview; Library. Library - Main; Catalog; New Postings - Library; Online Reading ...
Exercise Tiger: Disaster at Slapton Sands
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Apr 11, 2019 · “We sailed along in fatal ignorance,” writes Lieutenant Eugene E. Eckstam, a medical officer aboard the first of two tank landing ships to be sunk by German S-boats off the southern coast of England on the night of 27/28 April 1944. The attack, which happened in the midst of an Allied dress rehearsal for the Normandy landings, killed hundreds of men. Some of them succumbed to blast ...
Swords - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) 2.The best source on the subject available in this office, other than the various "Uniform Regulations" is a publication of the Smithsonian Institution, written by the then-Curator of History, Theodore T. Belote, and entitled, American and European Swords in the Historical Collection of the United States National Museum. (US National Museum ...
Seabee History - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) History and Descriptive Guide of the US Navy Yard Washington, DC; History of Convoy and Routing  History of Flag Career of Rear Admiral W.B. Caperton; History of Paul Jones, the Pirate; History of the Bureau of Engineering During WWI; History of the Chief Petty Officer; History of the Dudley Knox Center for Naval History
Sailors' Tattoos - NHHC
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Apr 01, 2016 · Some Background... “The universality of tattooing is a curious subject for speculation….” —Captain James Cook’s journal, third Pacific voyage (1776–80) Despite numerous learned studies and analyses of various aspects of tattooing—sociological, artistic, psychological—the actual lore of this form of body art remains largely non-academic and often based on oral tradition centered ...
April 25 - history.navy.milSavannah, GA Norfolk, VA
Posted: (0 seconds ago) The destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) is commissioned at Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Ga., before departing for her homeport of Norfolk, Va. The 24th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named after Chief Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul, a Navy SEAL who posthumously received the Navy Cross for attempting to save a platoon mate on Dec. 20, 1989, while serving in Panama during Operation Just Cause.
Posted: (0 seconds ago) U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photograph. Catalog#: NH 63368 On Oct. 20, 1944, Johnston joined Seventh Fleet’s Escort Task Unit 77.4—call sign “Taffy 3”—to defend the north Leyte Gulf, east of Samar and off San Bernardino Strait, and the Leyte beachhead for General Douglas MacArthur ’s return to the Philippines.
Chaplain Corps - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) The history of the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy parallels the history of the Navy, itself. During the past century-and-a-half, chaplains of the Navy have shared the hardships and rewards that come to other naval personnel and have ministered to these in many ways. The chronicle of the activities of these padres of the sea—representing many religions and denominations—began with the ...
PT-109 - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Motor Torpedo Boat 109 (PT-109) was laid down 4 March 1942 by the Elco Works Naval Division of the Electric Boat Company in Bayonne, New Jersey. The seventh 40-ton Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) built there, she was launched on 20 June, delivered to the Navy on 10 July 1942, and fitted out in the New York Naval Shipyard at Brooklyn. PT-109 joined MTB Squadron FIVE and shifted to Panama, …
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Oct 15, 2015 · Ship History The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was commissioned on 25 November 1961 and completed 25 deployments during 51 years of service. Click the links below to access the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entries for Enterprise, which provide the carrier's history by time period. 1961–1965 | 1966–1970 | 1971–1975 | 1976–1980 | 1981–1985 1986–1990 ...
Alabama Wreck Site (1864)
Posted: (0 seconds ago) History of the Ship In 1862, John Laird Sons and Company of Liverpool, England built the screw sloop-of-war Alabama for the Confederate States of America. Launched as Enrica, the vessel was fitted out as a cruiser and commissioned as CSS Alabama on 24 August 1862. Under Captain Raphael Semmes, Alabama spent the next two months capturing and burning ships in the North Atlantic and intercepting ...
Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Feb 24, 2020 · USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) proudly bears the name of U.S. Army Master Sergeant Raul (Roy) Perez Benavidez, who received the Medal of Honor for a series of daring and extremely valorous actions during the Vietnam War in 1968. Benavidez was born on 5 August 1935, in Lindenau, Texas. He enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard in 1952 during the Korean War and in June …
Supply Corps - NHHC
Posted: (0 seconds ago) The Supply Corps’ history is the story of its people—the men and women who embody resourcefulness, innovation, creativity, perseverance, integrity and dedication. Each of their stories has a place in the context of American naval history and reflects the struggle of the nation to evolve into the world’s most modern and efficient naval force.
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Oct 12, 2001 · Cmdr. Mikal Phillips, USS Mason (DDG-87) commanding officer, and retired Command Master Chief James Parlier place a wreath at the Cole Memorial during USS Cole (DDG-67) commemoration at Naval Station Norfolk.Phillips was the fire control officer and Parlier was the CMC aboard during the attack. More than 150 former and current crew members, along with relatives, …
Bataan I (CVL-29)
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Bataan (CVL-29) underway in January 1952 with F4U-4B Corsair fighter-bombers of VMF-314 on board. Photo was taken as the ship was working up in preparation for her second Korean War deployment. Official U.S. Navy photograph now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-633888.
Pueblo III (AGER-2)
Posted: (0 seconds ago) May 05, 1990 · USS Pueblo (AGER-2) was built as a general purpose supply vessel for the Army Transportation Corps as FP-344. She was launched on 16 April 1944 and was delivered to the Army on 5 July 1944. She was reclassified as freight and supply vessel FS-344 until 1954, at which time she was taken out of service.
Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. - United States Navy
Posted: (0 seconds ago) Jan 02, 2000 · They served the U.S. Navy for 38 years, from 1977 through 2015, and more than 20 of the American ships went on to serve in the navies of Bahrain, Egypt, Poland, Pakistan, and Turkey. The class was described by former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. as “one of the most successful shipbuilding programs in the Navy’s postwar history.”