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The Naval History of New Jersey

By Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division  The state of New Jersey has a history as rich as any in the United States. Because of its location near the center of the original thirteen colonies (between New York City and Philadelphia), the “Garden State” played an important …

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“Act to provide a naval armament” – 225th Anniversary of the Creation of the United States Navy

By Margherita M. Desy, Historian, Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston “Whereas the depredations committed by the Algerine corsairs on the commerce of the United States render it necessary that a naval force should be provided for its protection…” The fledgling United States was in a difficult position in 1794.  …

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The Oerlikon 20 mm: The Right Tool for the Job

By Daniel Garas, Naval History and Heritage Command Before it entered World War II, the United States Navy realized aviation would play a significant role in the upcoming conflict. In order to deal with this emerging threat, its ships would need to be outfitted with capable anti-aircraft systems. Throughout the …

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Two Flights Defined Hornet’s Service

By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum The aircraft carrier Hornet (CV 8) served for just 372 days, her short lifespan reflective of the fact that she put to sea in dangerous waters.   During that brief time, it can be said two distinct flights defined the service of …

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