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How the 1967 Fire on USS Forrestal Improved Future U.S. Navy Damage Control Readiness

By Hank Stewart, Commander, USN (Retired), Assistant Professor of Engineering, Maine Maritime Academy Editor’s note: While on active duty, Commander Stewart wrote his U.S. Army Command and General Staff College master’s thesis on ‘The Impact of The USS Forrestal’s 1967 Fire on United States Navy Shipboard Damage Control.’ The thesis …

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19th Century Naval Shipyard Innovation

By Gina Nichols, Supervisory Archivist/Head of Collections Dept., U.S. Navy Seabee Museum As the Navy transitioned from wooden sailing vessels to a steam powered fleet, three major innovations – steam power, marine railways, and the shiphouse – changed the tone and development of shipyards during the 19th century. Each of …

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100 Years of Underway Replenishments

By Matt Cheser, Naval History and Heritage Command, Histories and Archives Division Everyone likes “firsts.” These moments represent transformation and progress and change our understanding about what we are capable of. The Navy also keeps track of its “firsts.” One “first” of great pride deals with the underway refueling of a United States …

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