Feb 6

Five-Power Pact: The Ebb and Flow of Post-War Fleet Force Structure

Friday, February 6, 2015 5:45 AM


From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division If Theodore Roosevelt could spin in his grave, no doubt the former president was a whirling dervish in his crypt Feb. 6, 1922. It was that date 93 years ago when the Washington Naval Treaty was signed, limiting the frenetic Roosevelt’s beloved Navy to no more than 500,000 tons. For the numbers folks, that breaks down into 15 Colorado-class battleships; 14 Saratoga-class aircraft carriers; 71 Omaha-class light cruisers; 411 Clemson-class destroyers – or any combination thereof. Also known as the Five-Power Treaty, there was sound reason behind it. Following the… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Enlisted Pilots Boosted Fledgling Flight Training Program

Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 AM


From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Just like a pair of pants, pilots strap on their planes the same, whether officer or enlisted. But for the most part, it wasn’t likely those with gold buttons on their uniforms might also be found digging latrines or working as messcooks. Times have changed since enlisted Sailors could wear pilot insignia designating them Naval Aviator Pilot (NAP). The last one to do so was Air Controlman Master Chief (NAP) Robert K. “NAP” Jones when he retired 34 years ago today on Jan. 31, 1981. The enlisted rating as a… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

Tet Offensive Battle of Huế City Gives Cruiser its Name

Saturday, January 31, 2015 12:15 AM


  By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division It was 47 years ago today when the birth of the Vietnamese New Year started off with a bang: the Tết Offensive of the Vietnam War. Those in the North referred to it as the General Offensive or General Uprising on Jan. 30, 1968. No matter the name, it was the largest military campaign conducted by either side of the war to that point. Among the largest battles was Huế City. The Marines fought with considerable distinction and bravery. Because of this, the… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 29

Show Me a WWII Battleship! Missouri Christened Jan. 29, 1944

Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:16 AM


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division A long and illustrious career started on this day in 1944 when the last Iowa-class battleship, Missouri (BB 63), launched from the New York Navy Yard. As all ships do after launching, she completed final fitting out, followed by testing her weapons, especially those famous 16-inch gun, engineering systems and hull. Showing her crew to be capable and competent, Missouri was commissioned June 11. Soon after, she sailed from Norfolk, transited the Panama Canal and steamed forward into battle as the flagship for the… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 23

Bathyscaphe Trieste Overcomes the Challenge of the Deep

Friday, January 23, 2015 12:15 PM


  From National Museum of the U.S. Navy On January 23, 1960, bathyscaphe Trieste made history by reaching the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench. Inside its spherical gondola, two pilots, U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh and scientist Jacques Piccard sat and waited to see if they would make it to the bottom and then, perhaps more importantly make it back to the surface. It took nearly five hours to descend the 35,797 feet. Once there, Trieste and its crew spent 20 minutes investigating the bottom. They saw several types of small fish including deep water flounder… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 23

Thomas Tingey’s Lasting Legacy: The Washington Navy Yard

Friday, January 23, 2015 11:10 AM


By Joshua L. Wick, Naval History and Heritage Command From Commander-in-Chief of the British Squadron off Newfoundland to architect and superintendent of the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., Commodore Thomas Tingey might not have had a gallant naval career but his experiences and knowledge of the sea surely set him up to become a distinguished and notable leader in our Navy’s history. This is especially true today at the Washington Navy Yard on the 215th anniversary of its establishment. With the establishment of the United States Navy in 1794, Tingey started his naval career with his commissioning as a captain… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 22

What is History? And Why Is It Important?

Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:12 AM


History is a human endeavor. As such, it is complex, inherently limited, and evolving. What has counted as “history” and how “history” has been investigated have changed greatly since Herodotus. Historians and philosophers debate the purpose of history, how it should be conducted, and indeed what even counts as history. What history actually is has no clear answer, doubtless the debate on history’s essence will continue, but history certainly has a number of elements which must be present in order for an investigation of the past to be considered “history.” History deals with the past. History aims at truth. History… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 9

MSC: Proud of our heritage, ready to tackle tomorrow’s challenges

Friday, January 9, 2015 3:03 PM


By John Thackrah, Executive Director, Military Sealift Command Today marks the creation of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service in 1918 to carry cargo during World War I. Sealift capabilities played a key role in our nation’s defense then, and are still crucial to our Navy and DOD’s ability to operate forward – where it matters, when it matters. Post-World War II, our nation consolidated its sealift transport services into a single entity in 1949 – the Military Sea Transportation Service, later re-named Military Sealift Command. Fast forward to 2015, and MSC has grown from a handful of missions to more… Read the rest of this entry »