Rear Admiral David Farragut’s victory at New Orleans illustrates the importance of careful preparation, perhaps one of the least glamorous but most important attributes of leadership. New Orleans’ principal defenses to the south consisted of a pair of forts lying on either side of the Mississippi at a point seventy river miles below the city. Since the forts were surrounded by swamps, warships upstream could prevent their resupply. Farragut intended to lead his squadron in line-ahead formation past the forts and capture their base, New Orleans. Early in March 1862, Farragut issued detailed orders to his skippers on how to… Read the rest of this entry »
This month, the Navy Memorial cut the ribbon on its new exhibit “The Art of Naval Aviation” in support of the nationwide celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. To commemorate the Centennial, NavyTV features one of the most comprehensive (and expensive) films made by the U.S. Navy: “Hook Down, Wheels Down.” This 57-minute film covers the history and development of the aircraft carrier through interviews with many of the men who were instrumental in these ships’ history.Produced in 1974, “Hook Down, Wheels Down” is one of the most comprehensive (and expensive) films made by the U.S. Navy about the… Read the rest of this entry »
This film, part of the U.S Navy Heritage Mini-Series, describes the changing mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society during its more than 100 years of service. The U.S Navy Heritage Mini-Series was produced by Empire Media Group, in conjunction with the Naval History and Heritage Command and the Naval Historical Foundation.
This week marks the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War, which the Navy Memorial will be commemorating with a Civil War at Sea symposium on April 23. Watch this episode of the Naval Historical Foundation’s Heritage Mini-Series that tells the story of the Battle of Hampton Roads here on NavyTV.
April, 14th 1912 RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank at 2:20 in the morning, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people.
April, 12th 1861 Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter, Charleston South Carolina
April, 11th 1900 The US Navy accepts the design of it’s first official submarine the USS Holland, named after the engineer and designer John Philip Holland. Below are a couple of short articles from Proceedings professional notes section at the time of the Navy’s acceptance of the Holland. From Proceedings 1898 #86 SUCCESSFUL TRIALS OF THE HOLLAND SUBMARINE BOAT. The naval board appointed to inspect and report on the performance of the Holland submarine boat has reported that in the recent tests, held on November 6, in New York harbor, she fulfilled all the requirements laid down by the department.