Archive for March, 2014

Mar 28

The Story Continues: Capt. David Porter, USS Essex and the War of 1812 in the Pacific

Friday, March 28, 2014 3:52 PM


From Naval History and Heritage Command  When we last checked in with legendary Capt. David Porter, he had successfully sailed on USS Essex around Cape Horn Feb. 14, 1814, in shorter time, in worst weather, and with less support than any of his naval heroes had done before him.  Porter and his crew spent the next year whupping up on the British whaling and merchant industry in the Pacific. At least that was how Porter himself described his success in his Journal of a Cruise Made to the Pacific Ocean.  “I had completely broken up the British navigation in the… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

#PeopleMatter – The Rebirth of the U.S. Navy and the Legendary Exploits of the Original Frigate Sailors

Friday, March 28, 2014 11:21 AM


 From Naval History and Heritage Command The Naval Act of 1794 brought the U.S. Navy back to life after it was disbanded following the revolutionary war. The Act provided for the building of six frigates, Constellation, Constitution, United States, Congress, Chesapeake and President. They were among the most sophisticated warships of their time. As is the case with the 21st century Navy, so it was in the Navy of 18th and 19th centuries: our great ships are nothing without great people to bring them to life. The exploits of the Sailors who took these ships to sea are the stuff of legend. Here are a… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 27

#PlatformsMatter — The Rebirth of the U.S. Navy: A Fleet of Frigates to Equal None

Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:46 PM


By Joseph Fordham, Naval History and Heritage Command   Yesterday, we outlined how piracy was the catalyst in getting the leadership of the young United States on board with creating a national naval force.  As the Barbary Coast pirates continued to either break or try to renegotiate their treaties with the U.S., Congress finally authorized the construction of six frigates at the cost of $688,888.82, which was signed into law March 27, 1794.  Piracy is a battle that continues to be fought today. Modern Sailors have at their disposal agile ships with the most advanced technology used to, among other… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

#PresenceMatters – The Rebirth of the U.S. Navy and the Scourge of Piracy

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:20 AM


  Salutations with a Bang! The Military Gun Salute   By Joseph Fordham, Naval History and Heritage Command It was 220 years ago this week when the 3rd U.S. Congress received a committee report suggesting the young nation build six frigates to fight against Algerian piracy and then set aside the money needed to maintain them. It would be the forbearer to the Naval Act of 1794 that was approved two months later. The report requested a resolution to create a naval force to consist of four ships with 44 guns and two ships of 20 guns, to be provided… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

#PeopleMatter: Office of Naval Intelligence Celebrates 132 Years Service to Navy and Nation

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:53 AM


  Rear Adm. Elizabeth L. Train, USN, Commander, Office of Naval Intelligence   On March 23, 1882 Secretary of the Navy William H. Hunt signed General Order 292 establishing an “Office of Intelligence” in the Bureau of Navigation to support the modernization of the U.S. Navy in an era of rapid technological change. As our nation’s oldest intelligence agency, ONI has experienced and catalyzed significant change over the course of its long history. It has adapted and innovated to provide effective and efficient intelligence support to the Fleet, the U.S. Navy acquisition community, government decision makers, and U.S. allies and foreign… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 20

America’s First Aircraft Carrier – USS Langley (CV 1) #Warfighting First, #Platforms, #People

Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:34 AM


  By Naval History and Heritage Command The aircraft carrier. Without a doubt, one of the most impressive ships to sail the sea, a floating city loaded with aircraft that can be launched to attack ships or shore, from nearly anywhere in the world. As with many great things, the origins of the aircraft carrier came from a more humble beginning. When the keel was laid for the Proteus-class collier named Jupiter, she was already more than just a bulk cargo ship used to carry coal to keep other ships in fuel. She was designed to be the first turbo… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 20

#PeopleMatter: “Yeomanettes” Paved the Way for Women of All Ratings Today

Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:41 AM


   By YN1 Silvia Raya and YN2 Waltesia Crudup, Chief of Naval Personnel  In order to fill severe clerical shortages caused by World War I, the U.S. Navy approved the enlistment of women in 1917. The Naval Reserve Act of 1916 made no specific gender requirements for yeomen, enlisted personnel who fulfill administrative and clerical duties. So either by deliberate omission or accident, the act opened the opportunity to enlist women 97 years ago this week. One of the first through the door on March 17, 1917 was Loretta Perfectus Walsh, who became the first active-duty female in the Navy… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 11

Operation Market Time Challenges North Vietnamese Resupply Efforts

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:17 PM


From Naval History and Heritage Command Most of the blogs that appear on this space are tributes to the Blue Water Navy, those Sailors and Marines who fought their enemies in magnificent warships, impenetrable ironclads, stealthy submarines and a whole fleet of aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and their flying machines. Not this blog. This blog is a tribute to the Coastal Surveillance Force that produced some of the greatest naval successes during the Vietnam War, the black beret-wearing Sailors of the Brown Water Navy. Communists, coastlines and Viet Cong When the Geneva Accords divided Vietnam into South and North, it… Read the rest of this entry »

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