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December 7th, 1941: A Submarine Force Perspective

Graphic of a World War II submarine and a modern submarine

By Rear Adm. Fritz Roegge Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet “When I assumed command of the Pacific Fleet on 31 December 1941, our submarines were already operating against the enemy, the only units of the fleet that could come to grips with the Japanese for months to come. It …

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#PearlHarbor75: Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn

Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn

The 75th commemoration of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and other U.S. military facilities on Oahu is an opportunity for us to honor the courage, service and sacrifice of the U.S. military personnel present during the attacks. Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn was one of them. While under heavy …

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#PearlHarbor75: Navy divers and salvage teams

Graphic of Pearl Harbor divers and a Sailor

The 75th commemoration of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and other U.S. military facilities on Oahu is an opportunity for us to honor the courage, service and sacrifice of the U.S. military personnel present during the attacks. Our Navy divers and salvage teams were among them. Following the attack …

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USS Constitution by the Numbers

USS Constitution with eight sails set while underway in Boston Harbor, c.2005. (U.S. Navy photo)

Did you know today is Constitution Day? 229 years ago, our nation’s Constitution was ratified on Sept 17. 10 years later, our Navy’s USS Constitution was launched Oct. 21. In observance of Constitution Day, we’re sharing some of USS Constitution’s history by the numbers. 6 In 1794, Congress authorized President …

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The U.S. Navy’s Flying, Fighting “Felines”

Twenty Nine Palms, Calif. (Jul. 17, 1996) - An F-14A Tomcat assigned to the "Checkmates" of Fighter Squadron Two One One (VF-211) prepares to make a bombing run at Twenty Nine Palms Marine Corps Station. The aircraft is on a routine training mission and is loaded with four MK-82 500-pound bombs. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Mahlon K. Miller/Released)

We thought this International Cat Day is the “purrfect” opportunity to highlight some of our flying, fighting “felines” in naval aviation’s history. Check out these photos and facts from Navy.mil, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, and the National Naval Aviation Museum. Is there anything that you would add to our …

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