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Why Navy History Matters to Illinois

Illinois Infographic

By Alexis Cutler, Intern Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Illinois’ Navy Ship History Did you know the second Navy vessel to bear the name USS Illinois is planned to enter the Fleet in 2016? Illinois’ first Navy ship was the battleship USS Illinois (BB-7). Commissioned on …

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Honoring our Shipmates: The Heritage of the Military Funeral and Burial at Sea


By Annalisa Underwood, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Honoring the deceased is a centuries-old practice that includes many traditions across cultures. The customs and traditions behind military funerals and burial at sea date as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. In the Navy’s culture, as …

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Why Navy History Matters to Rhode Island


The Navy started its relationship with the great state of Rhode Island way back during the American Revolution when Rhode Island-native Esek Hopkins became the only Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy on Jan. 5, 1776. The Navy’s first ship relating to the state was the Providence, a sloop …

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10 Things to Know About John Finn

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (March 28, 2015) The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) is launched. John Finn, the first Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) ship, will be equipped with the Navy's Aegis Combat System, the world's foremost integrated naval weapons system. Flight IIA ships will provide increased capabilities over previous DDG 51 destroyers, including advances in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

From the first U.S. destroyer commissioned in 1902 to the famous ships of World War II to the Arleigh Burke-class, the #USNavy’s destroyers have been evolving. Saturday, May 2, we will introduce the newest guided missile destroyer, the future USS John Finn (DDG 113), during a christening ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagaoula, Miss. Here are …

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