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Building the Bridges of Tomorrow

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Oct. 11, 2012) - Founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, the United States Naval Academy started as the Naval School on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis. As the undergraduate college of the naval service, the U.S. Naval Academy strives to accomplish its mission to develop midshipmen “morally, mentally, and physically.” Upon graduation, Midshipmen are commissioned as Navy ensigns and Marine Corps second lieutenants. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge)(RELEASED by U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs)

By Midn. 2/c Melissa D. Boughton U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2015 The women who crossed the stage and received their diplomas from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1980, looked out upon a different landscape, a different environment, and a world far different from the view at this year’s …

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Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Stoddert

Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Stoddert

By Dr. Randy Papadopoulos Navy Secretariat Historian In 1798, a war in Europe threatened American ships around the world with capture, and French representatives offered to negotiate safe passage only if the U.S. government paid them bribes first. American envoys rejected the corrupt invitation, but a French warship escalated the …

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Game-Changing Navy Technologies

Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Jared Regala trains Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Mitchell Mason on proper procedures for tracking radar signatures in the air traffic control center aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Sept. 6, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

By Naval History and Heritage Command When it comes to cutting-edge technology, the U.S. Navy is often the one sharpening the tip of the spear. The Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition ended Wednesday, a meeting of the greatest minds among the military, defense industries and private-sector companies. Many of the Navy’s greatest …

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Nimitz Gray Book Unveiling

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN,Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas (standing) Confers with (from left to right) General Douglas MacArthur, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Admiral William D. Leahy concerning future moves in the war against Japan, during the President's visit to Hawaii, 26 July-10 August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph

The Naval War College Library in Newport, R.I. publicly unveiled online the 4,000-page “Gray Book” collection of Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz communications that started in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack and ran right up until the closing days of the war. The event was held Monday, Feb. 24 …

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