Archive for August, 2012

Aug 21

First U.S. Marine Corps Band Concert

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 9:25 AM


The U.S. Marine Corps Band gave its first concert in Washington D.C. on August 21, 1800. The following article, published in the April 1923 issue of Proceedings, gives a brief history of the Marine Corps Band. HOW THE MARINE BAND STARTED BY MAJOR EDWIN N. McCLELLAN, U. S. MARINE CORPS MARINE CORPS HISTORIAN So many and varying accounts have been given of the first organization of the Marine Band of Washington, that it is time that the real, and interesting, true story should be told. The Marine Band did not just happen into being, nor were its beginnings in an… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 17

USS High Point: The Navy’s First Hydrofoil Patrol Craft

Friday, August 17, 2012 8:30 AM


The Navy’s first hydrofoil patrol craft was launched on this day 50 years ago, in 1962. Published in the September, 1963 issue of Proceedings, the following article describes the mechanics of the USS High Point, and the reactions from the people who witnessed the launch of the revolutionary craft. USS High Point (PCH-1) By Charles H. Nelson, Jr. Chief Journalist, U.S. Navy She took off quickly, flew quietly, and landed smoothly. Thus the first public “flight” of the Navy’s revolutionary hydrofoil patrol craft High Point was described just a few short weeks ago. The High Point is a unique blend… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 15

Anniversary of the Establishment of the Naval Academy

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 8:30 AM


The Naval Academy was established at Annapolis, Maryland on August 15, 1845, on the former site of Fort Severn. The following article was published in the October, 1935 issue of Proceedings, which was dedicated to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Naval Academy. It describes the obstacles that had to be overcome to establish the first organized naval school, and the standards that the first midshipmen were held to. After 167 years, the campus has grown, but the basic values instilled in the men and women of the Naval Academy are still the same. THE FOUNDING OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 12

USS Nautilus

Sunday, August 12, 2012 12:28 PM


On August 12, 1958, the USS Nautilus arrived in Portland, England, after completing the first submerged under ice cruise from Pacific to Atlantic oceans. This cruise earned the Nautilus the Presidential Unit Citation, becoming the first ship to receive the award in peace time. The following article, published in the November 1955 issue of Proceedings, gives an account of the training the crew of the Nautilus went through before launching the first nuclear powered submarine, and making the historic under-ice cruise. “SCHOOL OF THE BOAT” FOR THE NAUTILUS By LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DEAN L. AXENE, U. S. Navy THE Nautilus had been long… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 9

The Battle of Savo Island

Thursday, August 9, 2012 8:24 AM


A Japanese view of the Battle of Savo Island (from USNI Proceedings vol 83/No 12/Whole No658) In continuation of its policy to present Both Sides of the War, the Naval Institute is pleased to offer its members a compete account of the Battle of Savo Island from the Japanese point of view. Students of World War II naval history will find certain points clarified by Captain Ohmae’s narrative that have hitherto been ambiguous. This disastrous blow by the Japanese cost an Australian and three American cruiser and reduced Allied naval strength to such an extent as to endanger our first counter-offensive of the war in the Pacific, the… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 4

The U. S. Life Saving Service

Saturday, August 4, 2012 1:00 AM


August 4, 1790     Creation of the United States Coast Guard   One of the many responsibilities of today’s Coast Guard is that of saving the lives of those in danger on the sea. In the Sring 1992 issue of Naval History, Lieutenant Commander Robert V. Hulse of the Coast Guard vividly describes the typical duties of a surfman at a life saving station in the 1930s, shortly after the U. S. Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service merged together to form the Coast Guard. Hulse’s article reflects nostalgically on his own experience in his service: In… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 1

The Birth of the Aircraft Carrier

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 9:20 AM


THE BIRTH OF THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER (from USNI Proceedings Vol 93/No 4/Whole No 770) by W. T. Adams “Look! What’s that?” The gray-clad soldier pointed down the Potomac River toward a group of ships just rounding a bend. “Look just beyond the last one.” “I’ve never seen anything like that before,” his companion answered. “We’d better tell the captain right away!” On that August day in 1862, as the Confederate lookouts ran back to report, they knew they had sighted something unusual, but they little realized that the ships rounding the bend were the Civil War’s most incredible armada-the first… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 1

Operation Sea Orbit

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 9:18 AM


On July 31, 1964, three nuclear-powered Navy ships left Norfolk, Virginia, to begin their journey around the globe without refueling. The following account of Operation Sea Orbit’s success was published in the March 1965 issue of Proceedings. OPERATION SEA ORBIT By Rear Admiral Bernard M. Strean, U.S. Navy, Commander, Task Force One The U. S. Navy is an old hand at “showing the flag,” at conducting good will visits, and at entertaining foreign dignitaries on board ship. The Navy is also an old hand at conducting test and evaluation cruises, and at establishing records. But rarely does the Navy have… Read the rest of this entry »