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The U.S. Navy’s Flying, Fighting “Felines”

Twenty Nine Palms, Calif. (Jul. 17, 1996) - An F-14A Tomcat assigned to the "Checkmates" of Fighter Squadron Two One One (VF-211) prepares to make a bombing run at Twenty Nine Palms Marine Corps Station. The aircraft is on a routine training mission and is loaded with four MK-82 500-pound bombs. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Mahlon K. Miller/Released)

We thought this International Cat Day is the “purrfect” opportunity to highlight some of our flying, fighting “felines” in naval aviation’s history. Check out these photos and facts from Navy.mil, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, and the National Naval Aviation Museum. Is there anything that you would add to our …

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Celebrating the American Sailor

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (July 4, 2016) — From left to right, Capt. James Hawkins, commanding officer of Naval Station Great Lakes; Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commander of Naval Service Training Command; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens; Samuel Cox, director of the Naval History and Heritage Command; David Torma, a board member of the National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation; North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham; Robert Bied, president of the Great Lakes Naval Museum Foundation; and Jennifer Searcy, Ph.D., director of the National Museum of the American Sailor; unveil the new sign in front of the National Museum of the American Sailor, at Great Lakes, Ill., July 4. The Great Lakes Naval Museum was renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor in order to honor the diverse history of Sailors who have served in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Lockwood/Released)

From Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens July 4th marked a special day in my more than 30 years of Navy service. As Americans across the country celebrated our Nation’s 240 years of rich heritage, I was surrounded by shipmates at the gateway for our Navy’s enlisted …

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