National Museum of the United States Navy

National Museum of the United States Navy Explore Naval History from 1775 to the present at the National Museum of the United States Navy! A free museum, devoted to the display of naval artifacts, models, documents and fine art, the National Museum of the United States Navy chronicles the history of the United States Navy from the American Revolution to the present conflicts.
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Interactive exhibits commemorate our Navy’s wartime heroes and battles as well as peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, navigation and humanitarian service. The Cold War Gallery, an annex museum to the main building is open to the public, during the week and by appointment. Access to the Museum is through the 11th and O Street, SE gate. Visitors without a Military ID or CAC Card will need to be processed through the Visitor's Center. All adults need to have a photo ID and drivers need proof of insurance and registration for vehicles. Weekend and Holiday access requires a Military ID, CAC Card, or to be pre vetted during the week at the Visitor's Center. For more information, please visit www.history.navy.mil/nmusn or call 202-433-2385. Disclaimer: This is the official web page for the National Museum of the United States Navy. We hope this will become a place where fans feel comfortable sharing information and experiences with one another. While this is an open forum, it is also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. Please be considerate of other fan's opinions. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. If you do not comply, your message will be removed. We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions, nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Such posts and/or links are subject to deletion. People who continue to post such content and/or links may be subject to page participation restrictions and/or removal from the page. We do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. Posting of external links on this site that are intended as advertising (or to drive traffic to websites unrelated to the U.S. Navy), or do not contribute to dialog and discussions about the U.S. Navy may be deleted. People who continue to post such links may be subject to page participation restrictions and/or removal from the page. External links do not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Until World War I, use of submarines in world navies was limited.  #OTD in 1917, USS Fanning (DD 37) became the first Un...
11/17/2020

Until World War I, use of submarines in world navies was limited. #OTD in 1917, USS Fanning (DD 37) became the first United States Navy ship to sink a German U-boat submarine. This diary was used onboard Fanning and mentions the specific attack on the German vessel.

The German improvements in undersea warfare was a campaign of unrestricted warfare against all merchant shipping. This policy was one of the events that drew the United States further into World War I.

#nmusn #navymuseumfromhome #navyfirsts #WW1 #uboat #ussfanning

[NHHC Art Branch, Oil on Canvas, Edwin Simmons; 1920,
Accession #: 1945-106-C]

#OTD 1973, Skylab 4 launches. Commanded by US Marine Corps Lt. Col. Gerald P. Carr and piloted by William R. Pogue with ...
11/16/2020

#OTD 1973, Skylab 4 launches. Commanded by US Marine Corps Lt. Col. Gerald P. Carr and piloted by William R. Pogue with science pilot Edward G. Gibson, the mission lasts 84 days and includes 1,214 Earth orbits. NASA 360 Recovery is performed by USS New Orleans (LPH 11).

Learn more about the US Navy's work with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration: https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nara-series/nasa-series.html

Images:
The Skylab 4/Saturn 1B space vehicle is launched from Pad B, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 9:01 a.m., Friday, November 16, 1973. Skylab 4 is the third and last of three scheduled manned Skylab missions. In addition to the Command/Service module and its launch escape system, the Skylab 4 space vehicle consisted of the Saturn 1B first (S-1B) stage and the Saturn 1B second (S-IVB) stage. NASA Photograph Collection: S73-37286

Skylab 4 Crew: Left to right: Commander Lieutenant Colonel Gerald P. Carr, USMC; Pilot William R. Pogue; and Science Pilot Edward G. Gibson. NASA Photograph Collection.

USS New Orleans (LPH 11), underway off the coast of southern Calif., circa 1979. NHHC Photograph Collection, Visual-Aid Cards, Ships.

This color photograph of the comet Kohoutek was taken by members of the lunar and planetary laboratory photographic team from the University of Arizona, at the Catalina observatory with a 35mm camera on January 11, 1974. NASA Photograph Collection: S74-17688
#usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navy #history #NASA #blastoff #space #science #exploration

The five Sullivan brothers are lost while aboard USS Juneau (CL 52) when she sinks #OTD in 1942. Click on the link below...
11/13/2020
Honoring the Sullivan Brothers

The five Sullivan brothers are lost while aboard USS Juneau (CL 52) when she sinks #OTD in 1942. Click on the link below to learn more about honoring the brothers service through the years:

https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/disasters-and-phenomena/the-sullivan-brothers-and-the-assignment-of-family-members/honoring-the-sullivan-brothers.html

#nmusn #navymuseumfromhome #navyhistory #thesullivans #honorthefallen

News of the deaths of all five brothers became a rallying point for the war effort, with posters and speeches honoring their sacrifice. Extensive newspaper and radio coverage of the incident made the loss of the brothers a national story, producing

Over 108 years ago #OTD, the first aircraft is launched by catapult from a stationary coal barge. This barge was docked ...
11/12/2020

Over 108 years ago #OTD, the first aircraft is launched by catapult from a stationary coal barge. This barge was docked at the Washington Navy Yard in the Anacostia River. The aircraft was flown by "Spuds" Ellyson.

#nmusn #navymuseumfromhome #navyfirsts #catapultlaunch

Theodore G. Ellyson in Navy A-3 ready for launching from catapult, October 1912 [NHHC Photo Archives Identifier #: UA 41.01.01]

1920- one hundred years ago #OTD, Lenah S. Higbee, one of the first US Navy nurses, becomes the first woman to be awarde...
11/11/2020

1920- one hundred years ago #OTD, Lenah S. Higbee, one of the first US Navy nurses, becomes the first woman to be awarded the Navy Cross for her service in World War I.

Images:
Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee, (NC) USN. Portrait photograph, taken in uniform during the World War I era. She was the second Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps, from 20 January 1911 to 30 November 1922. National Archives, 80-G-1037198.

Navy Cross. Medal authorized by Congress, 4 February 1919 for presentation by the President. Designed by James E. Fraser. Photographed during World War II. National Archives photograph, 80-G-K-14272.

USS Higbee (DD 806), hand-tinted color photograph circa 1945. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships.

Lenah Higbee: A Pioneering Woman. NHHC infographic.

#Navy #History #Women #NavyMedicine #veteransday #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory

#phoneafriend
11/11/2020

#phoneafriend

This #VeteransDay we ask that you reach out to a shipmate. Catch up with an old friend and ask how they’ve been. You never know how much a kind word can make a difference.

From the MCPON and all of us at NMUSN, #HappyVeteransDay!
11/11/2020

From the MCPON and all of us at NMUSN, #HappyVeteransDay!

On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you to all who have served this #VeteransDay. Whether you’ve served one enlistment or have dedicated a lifetime of service, we want to thank each of you.

Happy 245th Birthday Marines!"On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Co...
11/10/2020

Happy 245th Birthday Marines!

"On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history." - Gen John A. Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps

#USMCBday #NMUSN #USNavy #NHHC #devildogsmc #puppiesofinstagram #USMC

#OTD in 1921, Olympia arrives at the Washington Navy Yard and lets the World War I Unknown Soldier disembark for the fin...
11/09/2020

#OTD in 1921, Olympia arrives at the Washington Navy Yard and lets the World War I Unknown Soldier disembark for the final time. The casket is walked down the gangway and placed in the caisson. That casket makes its way to forever rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

#olympia #nmusn #navymuseumfromhome

Here’s a little #BTS peak of how museums and archives work. #archivesmonth
11/07/2020

Here’s a little #BTS peak of how museums and archives work.

#archivesmonth

You’ve just heard the U.S. Navy Archives, a part of Naval History & Heritage Command, has recently received a new collection of documents. Score!

You’ve been looking for some new material for your research paper.

You try to schedule an appointment only to be told the collection is not yet available, as it still needs to be processed. What? What does that even mean? Let’s take a peek behind the curtain and see what happens to collections before they are made available for research.

https://go.usa.gov/x79gZ

Today is #NationalJerseyDay. Support your squad with us! Jerseys like this one were worn by the 1947 United States Naval...
11/06/2020

Today is #NationalJerseyDay. Support your squad with us! Jerseys like this one were worn by the 1947 United States Naval Academy baseball team when playing away, or road games, during the baseball season. Let us know who you root for in the comments!

#nmusn #navymuseumfromhome #USNA #rootrootrootforthehometeam #baseball

Check out the latest essay by NHHC historian Christopher Havern.
11/06/2020

Check out the latest essay by NHHC historian Christopher Havern.

When President Woodrow Wilson was formulating his Fourteen Points—the conditions for ending World War I—he also laid out the justification for U.S. entry into the “Great War.” The casus belli, Wilson suggested, was the “belligerents’” repeated disregard for the principle of freedom of the seas.

For more, see the newly published essay by NHHC historian Christopher Havern here: https://go.usa.gov/x79YY

#OTD 2010, Fleet Weather Center San Diego is established at NAS North Island, CA. With the relocation of Naval Aviation ...
11/05/2020

#OTD 2010, Fleet Weather Center San Diego is established at NAS North Island, CA. With the relocation of Naval Aviation Forecasting Detachment San Diego, Strike Group Oceanography Team San Diego, and Naval Maritime Forecast Center to the command, the Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center for the Pacific Fleet is complete.

This supports the fleet to provide meteorological and oceanographic services to five of the Navy's warfighting disciplines:
• Anti-Submarine Warfare;
• Special Warfare;
• Mine Warfare;
• Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance;
• and Fleet Operations (Strike and Expeditionary)
It also supports Navigation, Precise Time and Astrometry, Maritime Operations and Aviation Operations.

Images:
Fleet Weather Center-San Diego seal. 2012.

NAS North Island seal. 2012.

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command seal. 2013.

Oceanographer of the Navy challenge coin. 2015.

#usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navy #history #ocean #weather #navyreadiness

This dinner bell, on display in our American Revolution gallery, is inscribed to Esek Hopkins. #OTD in 1775, Hopkins was...
11/05/2020

This dinner bell, on display in our American Revolution gallery, is inscribed to Esek Hopkins. #OTD in 1775, Hopkins was named Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy and was the only one to hold that title.

#nmusn #navymuseumfromhome #artifactcloseup

#OTD 1971, USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN 636) launches a Poseidon C-3 Missile in the first surface launch. The second US Na...
11/04/2020

#OTD 1971, USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN 636) launches a Poseidon C-3 Missile in the first surface launch. The second US Navy nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile system (SLBM), it was powered by a two-stage solid-fuel rocket. Beginning in 1972, it succeeded the Polaris and brought with it major advances in warheads and accuracy.

Images:
A watercolor by the artist Edward Terhune Wilbur entitled "Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) Underway, 29 March 1965, for 21st Polaris shot.” Navy Art Collection #11 88-185-K.

Navy A Poseidon C-3 (UGM-73A) fleet ballistic missile lifts off after being launched from the submerged nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS ULYSSES S. GRANT (SSBN-631). This is the 70th test launch of a Poseidon C-3.National Archive # NN33300514.

February 1, 1991. An overhead bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS NATHANIEL GREEN (SSBN-636) underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. DN-ST-91-05229.

October 2, 1981. A view of a mock-up of a Trident I C-4 missile, right, and its predecessor, the Poseidon C-3 missile. The Trident is used on the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine. In the foreground is a model of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine USS ULYSSES S. GRANT (SSBN-631) showing a simulated launching of a Poseidon missile. DN-SC-82-00006.

#energy #firepower #sub #dolphins #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navymuseum #navy #history

#OTD 1955, Gioconda R. Saraneiro becomes the first appointed female captain in the US Navy Medical Corps. She was initia...
11/04/2020

#OTD 1955, Gioconda R. Saraneiro becomes the first appointed female captain in the US Navy Medical Corps. She was initially appointed a lieutenant junior grade in the WAVES in 1943. Saraneiro returned to private practice after the war. She returned to the Navy in 1949 and retired in June 1966.

Learn more https://go.usa.gov/xpg2Y

Images:
Capt. Gioconda Rita Saraniero is congratulated by Surgeon General Rear Adm. Bartholemew Hogan--4 November 1955. Courtesy of the Bureau of Medicine, Library and Archives.

Article on Capt. Gioconda R. Saraneiro in the the Bumed Historian March-April 2007 Edition of “Grog. Courtesy of the Bureau of Medicine Historian’s Office.

#nhhc #medicine #women #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navymuseum #navy #history

Here is a twofer post from the CNO celebrating historic contributions of women to the US Navy and rare glimpse into Ting...
11/04/2020

Here is a twofer post from the CNO celebrating historic contributions of women to the US Navy and rare glimpse into Tingey House.

Stay tuned for our own lunchtime post!

#NavyWomenMakingHistory #women #nhhc #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navy #history

Women have profoundly impacted our U.S. Navy for more than a century. To honor those pioneers who have led the way, along with the more than 60,000 women who serve today, my wife Linda and I, along with Naval History & Heritage Command, have created a display in the CNO’s residence, Tingey House. As a Navy, we celebrate the many accomplishments that women have achieved through hard work, grit and determination. See more 👇

https://media.defense.gov/2020/Nov/03/2002528832/-1/-1/0/NAVY%20WOMEN%20PIONEERS.PDF/NAVY%20WOMEN%20PIONEERS.PDF

You may know USS Antietam (CV-36) as the first US Navy aircraft carrier with an angled deck. Launched in 1945 as a regul...
11/03/2020

You may know USS Antietam (CV-36) as the first US Navy aircraft carrier with an angled deck. Launched in 1945 as a regular fleet carrier, Antietam supported United Nations operations in the Korean War before her conversion to an attack carrier in 1952.

But she perhaps most fondly remembered for her humanitarian mission to British Honduras when she carried medical supplies, doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to help the victims of hurricane Hattie in 1961.

Learn more about the US Navy humanitarian missions:
https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/disasters-and-phenomena/humanitarian-mission.html

Images:
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CVS-36) Operating training aircraft, 19 April 1961. Planes on deck include North American T2J-1 Buckeyes amidships and forward and Douglas AD Skyraiders parked aft. Note the day-glo paint on the aircraft and the mothballed 127 mm/38 guns in the carriers port side sponsons. 19 April 1962. NHHC photo KN-4834.

Radar image of Hurricane Hattie at peak intensity prior to making landfall on the British Honduras. (Cropped version). 30 October 1961. USN photo.

Night color photograph of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CVA-36) in 1953. The carrier was operating out of Quonset Point, Rhode Island (USA), at that time. According to the crew member Joseph Y. Love, ETCM, USN (Ret.), this was a publicity shot for the flash bulb maker "Sylvania". No real flight operations took place and the aircraft were painted with a highly reflective paint. USN photo 80-G-K-16893.

#usnavy #AircraftCarrier #Antietam #kindnesscounts #nmusn #nhhc #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navy #history #navyreadiness

Join us in celebrating #NationalAmericanIndianHeritageMonth !
11/03/2020

Join us in celebrating #NationalAmericanIndianHeritageMonth !

We're in #NationalAmericanIndianHeritageMonth!

Help us celebrate by learning more about the amazing contributions made by American Indians in the Navy!

#ManyNationsOneFight

"Hey, NMUSN! What have you been up to in quarantine?"Glad you asked! We’ve been social distancing, researching, writing,...
11/02/2020

"Hey, NMUSN! What have you been up to in quarantine?"

Glad you asked! We’ve been social distancing, researching, writing, and making friends with the good folks at NOAA.

That’s the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They are an American scientific agency that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. We’re collaborating with them to celebrate 50 years of accomplishments by getting a new exhibit ready for visitors and here's a #bts sneak peak!.

Watch our social media platforms for updates on exciting developments and any news of reopening.

#nmusn #noaa #noaa50th #usn #usnavy #navyreadiness #washingtondc #quarantine #reopeningsoon

Who knew the ghost with the most was secretly a Boatswains Mate Third Class in the Navy! With some hidden ink too! It ma...
10/31/2020

Who knew the ghost with the most was secretly a Boatswains Mate Third Class in the Navy! With some hidden ink too! It may not be the way we expected this year, but be safe out there and socially distant!

#happyhalloween #nmusn #beetlejuice

Congratulations to our winning Pumpkin Carvers!1st place- Clash of the Ironclads2nd/3rd tie- Trieste and Message in a Pu...
10/31/2020

Congratulations to our winning Pumpkin Carvers!

1st place- Clash of the Ironclads
2nd/3rd tie- Trieste and Message in a Pumpkin

Happy Halloween!

Stay safe out there!

#halloween2020 #jackolantern #pumpkincarving #celebrate #nmusn #museum #thingstodoathome #museumfromhome #navyreadiness

As a continued preventive measure, to avoid congregations of large groups of people. NMUSN is closed to the public until...
10/31/2020

As a continued preventive measure, to avoid congregations of large groups of people. NMUSN is closed to the public until at least December 1.

Please regularly check social media and our website for updates on when the NMUSN will reopen. Stay safe, stay 6 feet apart.

Is your greatest fear rats?What about 50+ yr old c-rats?Many a sailor has a few less than fond memories of chow while in...
10/30/2020

Is your greatest fear rats?

What about 50+ yr old c-rats?

Many a sailor has a few less than fond memories of chow while in the service. These cursed images are from when our collections manager opened a, lets say vintage, rations kit. Modern rations for soldiers and sailors come in MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). We couldn't even capture an image of the "peaches."

Traces of the stench from these cans haunts the artifacts room to this day.
#spookiestobject #curatorbattle #halloween2020 #nmusn

A little common sense can go a long way. Check out these common sense training pamphlets from the Navy Archives. #archiv...
10/30/2020

A little common sense can go a long way.

Check out these common sense training pamphlets from the Navy Archives.

#archivesmonth #americanarchivesmonth #nhhc #usnavy

In early 1943, the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics Training Division began publishing information pamphlets covering “common sense” topics that naval aviators needed to learn during their training.

Following a reorganization in December 1943, the Aviation Training Division became part of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. The pamphlets, which were published through the end of the 1950s, were illustrated by Robert C. Osborn, a naval officer who is known for creating the characters “Dilbert Groundloop” and “Grampaw Pettibone.”

The Navy Archives has more than fifty “Sense” pamphlets in collection AR/577 Aviation Periodicals.

#ArchivesMonth #AmericanArchivesMonth

Don't miss out on our inaugural Pumpkin Carving Contest!With the COVID pandemic, many places have clamped down on Hallow...
10/29/2020

Don't miss out on our inaugural Pumpkin Carving Contest!

With the COVID pandemic, many places have clamped down on Halloween celebrations. But not at NMUSN!!!

The staff are getting creative and taking this opportunity to show off our artistic side!

Click the like button on the jack'o lantern that gives you chills. Voting will be open until 9 PM 10/30.
Winners will be announced @ noon 10/31.

#halloween2020 #jackolantern #pumpkincarving #celebrate #nmusn #museum #thingstodoathome #museumfromhome #navyreadiness

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