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A Look Back at Top Gun

By Hill Goodspeed, National Aviation Museum More than thirty years ago, stunning footage of F-14 Tomcats flashed across the silver screen and moviegoers were introduced to the high-speed operations and culture of naval aviation through the characters “Maverick,” “Goose,” “Iceman,” and “Charlie.” The release of the movie Top Gun on …

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Why Naval History Matters to Virginia

By Cecilia Sequeira, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division In 1788, only 13 years after the establishment of the U.S. Navy, Virginia ratified the constitution, and became the 10th state to enter the Union. The state’s heritage includes hosting the first North American-English colony, which likely gave …

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Naval History of Missouri

By Cecilia Sequeira, Communication Outreach Division Missouri, popularly known as the “Show-Me” state, was the 24th state admitted to the Union in 1821– just 46 years after establishment of the U.S. Navy. Named after the longest U.S. river, and the Indian word for “muddy waters,” Missouri has a distinguished naval …

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USS California’s Silent History

By Lisa Manresa, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication Outreach Division Silentium est Aureum, Latin for “silence is golden,” is a befitting motto for the stealthy USS California VII (SSN 781), the Virginia-class, next-generation nuclear-powered attack submarine named in honor of the people of the Golden State of California. The …

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Glory is the Reward of Valor – The Story of USS Cole

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Lockwood,  Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division USS Cole (DDG 67), is named after Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Darrell Samuel Cole. He enlisted in the Corps on Aug. 25, 1941. After completing basic training at Parris Island, …

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USS Bainbridge: Over 240 Years of Naval Excellence

By Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division The guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), along with other U.S. Navy ships, is headed to Port Everglades, Fla., next week, for Fleet Week – a chance to show the American public first-hand the significant a role the U.S. Navy …

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USS Bataan: Taking Pride in Navy History

By Arif Patani, Naval History and Heritage Command  Communication and Outreach Division USS Bataan (LHD 5), the U.S. Navy’s 5th Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, is named in honor of the U.S/Philippine defense of the Bataan Peninsula during World War II. History of the Name Don’t know much about the defense of …

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Naval History of Texas

By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division The Texas state motto is “Friendship,” and Texans definitely have a friend in their U.S. Navy, just ask anyone who has served on one of the over 100 ships named in honor of the state! If you believe everything really is …

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