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The Navy’s Tradition of the New Year’s Day Deck Log

Sailor is writing in a note pad, entering a deck log entry for New Years Day.

By Brian Shottenkirk, Ph.D, Deputy, Histories Branch with Assistance From Karolina Lewandowska, M.A., M.L.I.S., Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command  Well, this is the watch on that special night, When the OD writes poetry by gangway light ’Tis the 1st of January, 1968 And I’ve the watch that runs quite late. …

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Lassen: The Man and the Ship

USS Lassen (DDG 82) ship crest

By Naval History and Heritage Command The USS Lassen (DDG-82) was named after Clyde Everett Lassen, born in Fort Myers, Fla., on 14 March 1942, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 14 September 1961. Lassen later applied for the Naval Aviation Cadet program, and was accepted in 1964, receiving his Wings …

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Nautical Terms and Naval Expressions

By Annalisa Underwood, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Have you ever wondered what a “field day” isor why “side boys”are named as so? What exactly is a “ropeyarn Sunday?” How did the term “scuttlebutt”come to be used to refer to gossip? The language of the Navy …

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The Honor of Restoring America’s Ship of State

By Sam Cox Director, Naval History and Heritage Command Maintaining USS Constitution’s “iron sides” secures a vital part of our nation’s great heritage. Since its inception, this ship has fought with and exuded honor, courage and commitment. She is a visible and viable symbol of the value of a well-constructed …

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The Iwo Jima Legacy Lives

By Captain Dana Gordon Commanding Officer, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) As executive officer and now commanding officer of USS Iwo Jima, I have always been very proud and honored to serve aboard a ship with such a powerful namesake. February 19th until March 26th marks the 70th anniversary of …

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Navy Nurses #OperatingForward 108 Years Later

  By André B. Sobocinski, Navy Medicine Office of the Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery May 13th marks the 108th anniversary of the Navy Nurse Corps. On May 13, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Naval Appropriations Bill authorizing the establishment of the Nurse Corps as a …

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