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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


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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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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Why I Serve: Chief Petty Officer Selectee Edition

Chief Select Logistics Specialist Earl McLaughlin from Bronx, N.Y., shares his #WhyIServe statement during a community relations event at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington D.C.

On any given day there are more than 380,000 Sailors, active-duty and Reserve, ready to defend America, around the world and around the clock. From diverse backgrounds, they join the Navy to serve their country with honor, courage and commitment. For each Sailor, the drive to serve is different. The …

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When the Navy Operated in the Arctic

USS Burton Island

By Rear Adm. Jonathan White Oceanographer of the Navy and Director Task Force Climate Change Sixty years ago this day, the U.S. Navy icebreaker USS Burton Island (AGB 1) and the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Northwind (WAGB 282) became the first two ships to transit the fabled Northwest Passage through the …

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