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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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Maiden Transit of USS America a Total Success: People, platforms, power and partnerships, realized through the pride, professionalism, patriotism and passion of our Sailors and Marines

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By Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds Commander Task Force 49 Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3 During our recent transit through the Strait of Magellan, USS America (LHA 6) received a special visit from the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. After dinner with the crew, SECNAV was greeted with applause …

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