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On the 50th Anniversary of First Flight, 14 Important Moments in the Life of the Tomcat

From Naval History and Heritage Command and National Naval Aviation Museum An air-to-air right side view of two Fighter Squadron 124 (VF-124) F-14 Tomcat aircraft. Advancements during the Cold War in Soviet long-range patrol and bomber aircraft dictated a requirement for a fleet defense fighter that could engage high-altitude bombers …

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The Spanish-American War in Glass

By Eden Marie Picazo, Archivist, Navy Archives In 2014, United States Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) photo archivists rediscovered a donation in their backlog of unprocessed collections containing approximately 325 original glass plate photographs from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. Based on the inscription located at the …

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The Battle of the Atlantic: An Overview

Jon Middaugh, NHHC Histories and Archives Division The Battle of the Atlantic was one of the most important fronts in World War II. In September 1939, Germany immediately sought to capitalize on Britain’s dependence on imports of food and raw materials.  After the Wehrmacht attacked it in June 1941, the …

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Twenty Years of Fostering Research on Naval Heritage: The NHHC Permitting Program

By Dr. Alexis Catsambis and Blair Atcheson, Naval History and Heritage Command, Underwater Archaeology Branch In May of 2000, the Navy established an archaeological research permitting program that promoted research into its historic ship and aircraft wrecks. Fifteen years later, the program was expanded to include all sunken and terrestrial …

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Honoring our Navy’s Vietnam War Veterans

Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a day we join the nation in honoring our Vietnam War-era veterans. Although we are unable to honor these veterans in person while maintaining proper social distancing, we are able to highlight some of …

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