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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" would be...

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...

Spotlight: National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Spotlight: National Museum of the U.S. Navy

The National Museum of the U.S. Navy collects, preserves, displays, and interprets historic naval artifacts and artwork to inform, educate, and inspire naval personnel and the general public. The National Museum of the U.S. Navy was established in 1961 and opened to...

The Navy Medal of Honor

The Navy Medal of Honor

Photo Caption: Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, USN (Commander, Seventh Fleet, at right), Lieutenant Nathan G. Gordon, USNR (left), shaking hands after Gordon was presented the Medal of Honor at Seventh Fleet headquarters on 19 August 1944 (NH 106206). In 1990,...

The Navy’s Role in Space Exploration

The Navy’s Role in Space Exploration

Article by Naval History and Heritage Command “The utilization of space truly has been a national effort; the talents of the military services have been invaluable through these years. The United States Navy has played a particularly important part in the development...

Women In Naval History

Women In Naval History

March is Women’s History Month. The contributions and accomplishments of women in the Navy have not gone unnoticed. This timeline highlights Navy history and the women who have contributed to the Navy’s success by forging a path for the women serving today....

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