Dec 16

Washington Navy Yard Warehoused Artifacts Arrive at Richmond Collection Management Facility

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:01 PM


RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 2, 2014) -- Karen France Naval History and Heritage Command’s head curator, give NHHC Acting Director Jim Kuhn a tour of the new Collection Management Facility (CMF). The CMF is a 300,000 square foot, warehouse with facilities for administration, conservation and curation of historic artifacts.  NHHC is consolidating its collection of more than 300,000 artifacts, some dating back to the founding of the republic, into the facility located in Richmond Va. (U.S. Navy photo by Jim Caiella/RELEASED)

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division The curators of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) completed the transfer of artifacts previously warehoused at its facility on the Washington Navy Yard NHHC officials announced Dec. 16. The artifacts are now at their new home in Richmond, Va. It’s part of an ongoing project transferring more than 300,000 artifacts, part of its headquarters collection, some dating back to the founding of the Republic, from warehouses at three different locations to their new collection management facility (CMF) in Richmond, Va. The consolidation, projected to last a total of… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 16

Operation Desert Fox: 4 Nights, 100 Targets

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 9:00 AM


From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division The dust had hardly settled in the Middle East following the end of Desert Storm in 1991 before factions within Iraq fractured, creating uprisings against the Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein. Seven years of the Iraqi president using his Republican Guard to quell uprisings by Shiite Muslims in the south and Kurdish rebels in the north, threatening his border neighbor Kuwait, and his consistent rejection of weapons inspections in his country, culminated in a massive air strike 16 years ago, Dec. 16, 1998, called Operation Desert Fox. In the Persian… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 15

Fleet’s First Radar Celebrates a Birthday

Monday, December 15, 2014 8:00 AM


By Claire Peachey, Technical Information Services, Naval Research Laboratory The Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) XAF radar, fondly known as the “flying bedspring,” was the prototype that showed the Navy what this new radio detecting and ranging system – not yet called radar – was capable of doing. On Dec. 15, 1938, the XAF radar was installed aboard USS New York (BB 34) in preparation for Fleet exercises in the Caribbean in early 1939. During the at-sea exercises, the 200 MHz XAF system successfully spotted aircraft at distances up to 48 miles, and ships at 10 miles. It could even follow… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 12

30 Goats Later: A Unique Heritage of Football

Friday, December 12, 2014 11:45 AM


By MC1 Tim Comerford,  Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication Outreach Division Tomorrow, two giants meet on the gridiron. Both will strain inordinately to show itself master of the pigskin. But no matter who wins the day, the winner of game is really the service that the giants represent – the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. The first game came about from a challenge to the Army and was played 1890 at West Point to a blowout 24-0 victory for the midshipmen.   Since then, the games’ outcomes have been pretty even overall. Navy’s record currently stands at 58… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 9

Grace Hopper: Navy to the Core, a Pirate at Heart

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 12:15 PM


By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division The typical career arc of a naval officer may run from 25-30 years. Most, however, don’t start at age 35. Yet when it comes to Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, well, the word “typical” just doesn’t apply. Feisty. Eccentric. Maverick. Brilliant. Precise. Grace Hopper embodied all of those descriptions and more, but perhaps what defined her as much as anything else was the pride she had in wearing the Navy uniform for 43 years. Ironically, Rear Adm. Grace Hopper — “Amazing Grace” as she was known — had to fight to… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 6

German Skipper Showed Compassion, Humor to his Foes

Saturday, December 6, 2014 8:22 AM


From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division The bad news for USS Jacob Jones (DD 61) on Dec. 6, 1917, was it sailed directly into the path of a torpedo launched from 3,000 yards away by the German submarine U-53. It was the longest-range, successful torpedo shot recorded during World War I. The good news for Jacob Jones was the skipper at the helm of U-53, one of the most successful U-boats during the war, was Lt. Cmdr. Hans Rose. The German officer was well known and respected, but most importantly, blessed with a sense of fairness… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 5

On the Edge of Infamy: Misinformation Worked in U.S. Favor

Friday, December 5, 2014 8:00 AM


  By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Comerford, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division  As the Japanese Imperial Navy Strike Group steamed toward Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy was preparing to fend off a suspected amphibious attack by their former ally – just about everywhere but Pearl Harbor. To prepare for a possible Japanese attack on U.S. interests, such as the Philippines, the last remaining aircraft carrier, USS Lexington (CV 2), along with Task Force 12, steamed out of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 5, 1941, carrying Marine aircraft toward the atoll of Midway approximately 1,100 miles… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 4

Giving His All: Naval Pilot Crash Lands to Save Fellow Aviator

Thursday, December 4, 2014 10:00 AM


From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division The city of Fall River, Mass. was just like every other major city in the United States during the beginning of World War II. Young men were eager to join the military and do their part for their country, including a young man named Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. whose family owned and operated a chain of grocery stores. Hudner was an average student at the prestigious Phillips Academy, but excelled in sports like football and lacrosse. After a rousing speech by the academy headmaster, Hudner decided to apply for admission… Read the rest of this entry »