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May 10

What’s in a Name? Remembering CSS Virginia

Monday, May 10, 2010 8:55 PM


As we celebrate the 148th anniversary of the CSS Virginia‘s final day (11 May 1862), it is important to note how the legendary “Mistress of Hampton Roads” is remembered. Although she is two years away from being properly celebrated by the Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial, her importance in the annals of naval history remains a yearly affair.  At the beginning of the American Civil War, Confederate Secretary of the Navy Stephen Mallory puzzled over an effective way to break the Union Blockade. How does one wrestle the “great snake” without succumbing to its venom in the process? With no naval… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 18

Out of the Box Thinking and Execution 68 Years Ago: The Doolittle Raid

Sunday, April 18, 2010 2:17 PM


Sixty-eight years ago . . . . . . guts, determination, innovation & courage were defined (and well before Joint was “cool”) Conceived in the dark aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the raid had its genesis in the idea of CAPT Frank Lowe, USN who predicted that Army twin-engine bombers could be launched form a carrier under the right conditions. Planned by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, USA and executed by 16 modified B-25B’s of the 34th BS, 17th BG flying from the deck of the USS Hornet (CV-8 ) – 650 nm from Tokyo, history was made and… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Upcoming Opportunities to Honor our Navy’s Heritage

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 12:01 AM


Greetings from the Navy Commemorations Office. For your handy reference, here’s a list of upcoming anniversaries that honor our nation’s naval heritage. US Navy Birthday (Annual; 250th Anniversary in 2025) Battle of Midway (Annual, 75th Anniversary in 2017) Centennial of Naval Aviation (100th Anniversary in 2011) First American in Space (50th Anniversary in 2011) Civil War (150th Anniversary in 2011-2015) USS Monitor v. CSS Virginia (150th Anniversary in 2012) War of 1812 (200th Anniversary in 2012-2015) Establishment of US Navy Reserve Force (100th Anniversary in 2015) World War I (100th Anniversary 2017-2018) World War II (75th Anniversary 2016-2020) Women in… Read the rest of this entry »

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