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NYC’s Connection to Navy’s Birthday

At sea aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Mar. 26, 2002 -- Sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, New York City Police and New York City Firefighters take part in the returning of the World Trade Center flag to the city of New York. The flag returned was that which has become known from a widely used photo in which it is being raised in the midst of the rubble from the September 11 terrorist attack. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jason Scarborough. (RELEASED)

By Rear Admiral Paul Becker Director for Intelligence Joint Chiefs of Staff Monday marked the U.S. Navy’s 239th birthday. From its humble beginning with just six frigates, it’s become the most dominant and influential naval force ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Our Navy ensures freedom of the seas, projects power in support of …

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Bringing USS America to Life

By Capt. Robert A. Hall, Jr. USS America (LHA 6) Commanding Officer The commissioning journey for the newest amphibious assault ship in the fleet, USS America (LHA 6), has been challenging, rewarding and everything the first commanding officer of a new warship could ask for. I am so proud to bring …

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Go Navy, it’s Your Birthday!

WASHINGTON (Oct. 3, 2014) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens cut a birthday cake with the most junior Sailor in attendance at the Washington D.C. area Navy Birthday Ball where they celebrated the Navy's 239th birthday.

Since 1775, we have served as America’s Away Team, protecting and defending our great nation on the world’s oceans. For 239 years, our ships have been sailing the seas, making our presence known across the globe, and uniquely positioned to defend our nation’s interest every day. For 239 years, our Sailors …

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NAVSEA Family Remembers

By Vice Adm. William Hunter Hilarides Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command On Monday, September 16, 2013, our lives were forever altered when we lost twelve members of our Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Family. They were not just our friends and coworkers, but fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, all taken …

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The Colors of a Navy and Nation

By Annalisa C. Underwood Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Flags, standards, and banners have been used for thousands of years as visual symbols of those who bear them. “The broad stripes and bright stars” of the American flag represent an indivisible nation “with liberty and justice …

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Nuclear Navy and Energy Independence Pick Up Steam in 1961

By Joshua L. Wick Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Long Beach, the world’s first nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, was commissioned Sept. 9, 1961, the same year as the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN 65).  With their nuclear-powered submarine counterparts already operating in the …

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Long Before Nuclear Power, There Was Turtle Power

By Elizabeth MurphyDirector of EducationSubmarine Force Museum and Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN 571)  On 17 July 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his friend and colleague George Washington, requesting “you to be so kind as to communicate to me what you can recollect of Bushnel’s experiments in submarine navigation during the …

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