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Jul 17

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial to Become Newest National Monument Today

Saturday, July 17, 2010 12:05 AM


Sam Richards of the Contra Costa Times writes, “The National Park Service, in partnership with the U.S. Army and Friends of Port Chicago, will dedicate the newest national monument — by definition a national park “unit” — and honor all who served at Port Chicago Naval Base when two munitions ships and several boxcars exploded on July 17, 1944, north of Concord. Saturday is the 66th anniversary of the explosion that killed 320 men and injured nearly 400 others — the worst home front disaster of World War II.” For more information and photos about the July 17, 1944 explosion… Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 19

Battleship Texas in the News

Saturday, June 19, 2010 12:01 AM


In a 15 June 2010 Houston Chronicle article entitled “Near-Sinking Of Battleship Texas A ‘Wake-Up Call’“, Amanda Casanova writes: Millions of dollars and major repairs have kept the iconic Battleship Texas afloat over the years, but last weekend it was a pump and a rag that stopped it from sinking into the Houston Ship Channel. On Thursday, an employee at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, where the Texas is moored, noticed the 96-year-old ship was sitting lower in the water than usual when he left the park… … A combination of a pump failure and leaks — at least… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Seminar Covers Cold War Ocean Surveillance

Friday, April 30, 2010 9:43 AM


From David F. Winkler Naval Historical Foundation For the ninth time since the centennial of the U.S. submarine force in 2000, the Naval Submarine League and the Naval Historical Foundation teamed to organize an evening seminar at the U.S. Navy Memorial last April 15th that focused on an aspect of undersea warfare. With the sponsorship of Northrop Grumman Marine Systems, this year’s seminar was entitled: “Ocean Surveillance During the Cold War: Sensing, Fusion, Exploitation.” What made this annual submarine history seminar uniqueWAS that the three presenters had backgrounds other than the submarine force. Following introductory remarks by Naval Historical Foundation President… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

Namesake of DDG-110: Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, USN

Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:30 AM


On 17 April 2010, the U.S. Navy will christen USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, in Pascagoula, Mississippi – a fitting honor for a man whose legacy resonates deeply within the sea services: “She was overawed by Bill Lawrence, perhaps the ablest flier, all things considered, that Pax River was to produce.” — Excerpt from Space by James Michener In 1958 William Lawrence became the first naval aviator to fly twice the speed of sound in a Navy aircraft, and was one of the greatest naval aviators of his era. He also endured 6… Read the rest of this entry »

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