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Why Navy History Matters to Rhode Island

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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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Evolution of the Aircraft Carrier

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 28, 2013) The U.S. Navy's forward deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships participate in tactical maneuver training during Annual Exercise (AnnualEx) 13. AnnualEx 13 is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and U.S. Naval forces through training in air and sea operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

By Annalisa Underwood Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Aircraft carriers are often revered as the “powerhouse of the fleet” because of their size, strength, capabilities and importance to our national security. For nearly 100 years, the aircraft carrier has continued to evolve alongside the technological advancements …

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