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Why We Strive to Learn from our Past

USS Iowa raising her anchor, as she prepares to move from Bayonne, New Jersey, to Gravesend Bay, 29 March 1943. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

By Sam Cox (Rear Adm. U.S. Navy Retired) Director, Naval History and Heritage Command Editor’s note: This is part of a larger blog series to inform readers about the important mission our nation’s Historic Naval Ships serve. You can read about more about USS Iowa here, about USS Olympia here and USS Texas here. There …

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The U.S. Navy’s “Last” Ships

By Sandy Gall Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division We talk a lot about Navy’s firsts (humble brag – we’ve had a LOT) but with the premiere of The Last Ship coming up, we thought we take a different approach.  Today, we’re paying homage to Navy’s “lasts!” …

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Navy and America Remember the Maine through Artifacts

  By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Comerford, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division It was a call to arms not unlike “Remember the Alamo” 62 years earlier. While that Texas bravado has endured the decades, memory may falter on a similar outcry: “Remember the Maine!” …

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Show Me a WWII Battleship! Missouri Christened Jan. 29, 1944

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division A long and illustrious career started on this day in 1944 when the last Iowa-class battleship, Missouri (BB 63), launched from the New York Navy Yard. As all ships do after launching, she completed …

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Great White Fleet Assists Following Messina Earthquake

  From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division When President Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet embarked on its historic 14-month world cruise in 1907, its mission was to promote goodwill and foster partnerships with other countries, but also show American might and seapower. Even then, partnerships and …

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