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Jun 11

Last Higgins Boat Lands On Utah Beach

Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:21 AM

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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum Utah Beach, a site of intense fighting in June 1944, is now a peaceful place, with a cool breeze, the sound of waves hitting the surf, and the site of numerous memorials to those who fought 71 years ago. High on a hill overlooking the beach the Navy is remembered, along with several memories to various Army units that landed on the beach. But on June 6, 2015, room was made for another, the Higgins Boat Monument, a memorial to the little boats and their crews who made the landing and ultimately… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 10

USS Firebolt Celebrates 20 Years of Operational Excellence

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 1:28 PM

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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division For our continuing series on ships celebrating significant milestones in their careers — 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years – one ship stands alone in June – USS Firebolt (PC 10). The 10th in the Cyclone-class of coastal patrol ships, Firebolt was commissioned June 10, 1995 on the Potomac River in Old Town, Alexandria and first homeported at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va. While only 179-feet long, the ship carries some serious armament with two MK 38 chain guns, two Mk 19 automatic grenade launchers, two .50-inch machine… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 8

French, American Alliance Hastened End of Revolutionary War

Monday, June 8, 2015 8:12 AM

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Editor’s Note: As the French tall ship replica L’Hermione makes her way up the East Coast to celebrate the relationship between France and the United States, a series of blogs will discuss four topics: the Marquis de Lafayette; the ship that brought him to America the second time in 1780, L’Hermione; the critical Battle of the Virginia Capes on Sept. 5, 1781, and the Franco-American relationship as it has grown over the past years. From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Proving that partnerships mattered in our countries infancy, during the American Revolution, the American colonies faced… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 7

Series of Miscues Allows French Victory at VA Capes

Sunday, June 7, 2015 8:55 AM

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Editor’s Note: As the French tall ship replica L’Hermione makes her way up the East Coast to celebrate the relationship between France and the United States, a series of blogs will discuss four topics: the Marquis de Lafayette; the ship that brought him to America the second time in 1780, L’Hermione; the critical Battle of the Virginia Capes on Sept. 5, 1781, and the Franco-American relationship as it has grown over the past years.  By Michael Crawford, Ph.D., Senior Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command  On Sept. 5, 1781, a French fleet of 24 ships of the line engaged a… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 6

French Frigate L’Hermione Ferries Lafayette to America

Saturday, June 6, 2015 8:12 AM

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  Editor’s Note: As the French tall ship replica L’Hermione makes her way up the East Coast to celebrate the relationship between France and the United States, a series of blogs will discuss four topics: the Marquis de Lafayette; the ship that brought him to America the second time in 1780, L’Hermione; the critical Battle of the Virginia Capes on Sept. 5, 1781, and the Franco-American relationship as it has grown over the past years.  From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division It took 11 months to build the Concorde-class frigate L’Hermione at Rochefort, France. Shipwright Henri… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 5

Lafayette’s Dedication to Pursuit of Liberty Pays Off for U.S.

Friday, June 5, 2015 7:27 AM

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  Editor’s Note: As the French tall ship replica L’Hermione makes her way up the East Coast to celebrate the relationship between France and the United States for more than two centuries, a series of blogs will discuss four topics: the Marquis de Lafayette; the ship that brought him to America the second time in 1780, L’Hermione; the critical Battle of the Virginia Capes on Sept. 5, 1781, and the Franco-American relationship as it has grown over the past years.  From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Intrigue and danger. Adventure and adversity. Disguises and deception. An escape… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 27

Year of the Military Diver: MDSU to Continue Raising CSS Georgia

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:19 PM

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May 28 Lecture Highlights Tough Working Conditions on Ironclad Wreck From the Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division The South will rise again – just one piece at a time – as U.S. Navy divers from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU-2) work to free parts of the Confederate ironclad Georgia from the murky, muddy waters of the Savannah River channel. The Navy divers will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) June 1-July 20 as part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, which will deepen the channel from 42 to 47 feet. Part of that… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 26

Navy Doctor Becomes First Physician in Space

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:08 PM

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It’s a lot of fun to do something first. But I must say that space flight is so impressive an experience, that it’s worth doing whether you are the first or not. ~Capt. Joseph Kerwin, MC, USN By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Since the first American manned-space flight in 1961, 85 US Navy officers[1] have charted the frontiers of space and scientific research as astronauts. Of this impressive corps of interstellar pioneers only one has the distinction of the being the first American physician in space,[2] Capt. Joseph Peter Kerwin, Medical Corps, USN. This past Memorial Day, marked the… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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