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U.S. Navy Signal Flags and Their Meaning

U.S. Navy Signal Flags and Their Meaning

Even in these days of radio and satellite communications, the U.S. Navy uses the international alphabet flags, numeral pennants, numeral flags, and special flags and pennants for visual signaling. These signal flags are used to communicate while maintaining radio...
Phonetic Alphabet and Signal Flags

Phonetic Alphabet and Signal Flags

Article from Naval History and Heritage Command. A phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. Spoken words from an approved list are substituted for letters. For example, the word “Navy”...
The Navy’s Role in the Popularity of Baseball

The Navy’s Role in the Popularity of Baseball

Article from the Naval History and Heritage Command. As the weather gets warmer and fans return to the ballpark this month, there is always hope that this year could be the year your team takes home the World Series trophy. The crack of the bat. The green grass....
Doolittle Raid

Doolittle Raid

Image: An Army Air Force B-25 Mitchell bomber takes off from USS Hornet (CV-8) at the start of the Doolittle Raid, April 18, 1942. Article from Naval History and Heritage Command.  Conceived shortly after the deadly Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor attack that killed...
Submarine Force

Submarine Force

Article from Naval History and Heritage Command. Submarines have a long history in the United States, beginning with the Turtle, during the American Revolution. The world’s first combat submarine, invented by David Bushnell, was devised as a means of breaking the...
The Navy’s Use of Carrier Pigeons

The Navy’s Use of Carrier Pigeons

Article by the Naval History and Heritage Command. Carrier pigeons played a role in Naval communications from the late 1880s through World War II.  The Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, was the first command in the Navy to breed and train carrier pigeons. A...