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What’s Next for USS Conestoga?

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 23, 2016) The wreck of the U.S. Navy tugboat USS Conestoga is seen on sonar in at a depth of 185 feet in the waters of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in California. Conestoga departed San Francisco Bay on March 25, 1921 and vanished with 56 men. The discovery of the wreck solves a 95 year-old mystery. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NOAA/Released)

By: Naval History and Heritage Command Underwater Archaeology Branch Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with support from NHHC’s Underwater Archaeology Branch, announced that after almost 95 years, the mystery of USS Conestoga had been solved. The ship was discovered in 2009 and positively identified in 2015 in …

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Why Navy History Matters to Arizona

By Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division The Grand Canyon State has more ties to the U.S. Navy than one might initially think. For starters, there are at least 30 ships named after cities, places, people, and American Indian tribes of Arizona. Possibly the most famous is …

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St. Patrick’s Day: Irish-Americans in the U.S. Navy

From  Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Today we celebrate St. Patrick’s day by taking a brief look at the contributions of Navy’s well known Irish-Americans Sailors. We think you’ll enjoy reading about the few we picked, but let us know about the Irish-American Sailors you think did a great …

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Astronauts Rise to Meet the Gemini 8 Challenge

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division While Gemini 8 wasn’t the mission that coined the phrase, ‘Houston, we have a problem’ (that would be Apollo 13) it was the first emergency in space. Gemini 8 actually marked two firsts in human spaceflight—the …

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MCPON William H. Plackett: A Focus on Leadership

From Naval History and Heritage Command  By today’s standards, reading Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy William H. Plackett’s bio, he would seem a fairly ordinary Master Chief (if that remarkable achievement could be described as ordinary): joined the Navy from a small town (Paxton, Ill.), went to A …

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The U.S. Navy Seabees: Rates to Remember

By Annalisa Underwood, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division “We build, we fight.” These four simple words could not describe the role of the U.S. Navy’s Construction Battalion, or “Seabees,” any better. Once the United States entered World War II, the Chief of the U.S. Navy’s Bureau …

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Interview with USS Houston Survivor Howard Brooks

By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Like many Americans in the late 1930s, Howard Brooks knew it was a matter of time before the troubles in Europe and the rest of the world spilled over to the United States. Two days after Germany invaded Poland, he …

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Honoring the Proud Women Who Serve in the U.S. Navy

By John R. Desselle,  Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Today, we join the nation in celebration of  Women Equality Day, to commemorate the proud and dedicated service in the U.S. Navy. In 1908, women officially began serving as nurses in the Navy. Yeomanettes or yeomen were added during …

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Remembering Brethren Sailors on HMAS Perth

hoto originally posted to ForceNet Community Facebook page. Original caption: Today is the anniversary of the Battle of the Java Sea - HMAS PERTH, HM Ships EXETER, ELECTRA and JUPITER, USS HOUSTON and the Dutch ships DE RUYTER, JAVA and KORTENAER, engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the Java Sea.

By Mike Carlton, Author of Cruiser, The Life & Loss of HMAS Perth and Her Crew Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an eulogy given by Mike Carlton at the funeral of LEUT Gavin Campbell RAN, the last surviving officer from HMAS Perth. While many Americans, especially those with …

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