MEN AND WOMEN OF STEEL: A LABOR DAY TRIBUTE TO NAVY CIVILIANS (Photo Essay)

It is incredibly difficult to go “full speed ahead” without a ship to sail. If it was not for the skilled hands that crafted the 8-inch barrels, Captain Charles Gridley could not fire Olympia’s guns at Manila Bay. Do sailors alone win the great victories and triumphs of our naval history? Without the help of Navy civilians, none of these historic events, now canon in naval lore, would be possible.

V-NH Day: Victory in Naval History!We now have over 100,000 followers for our tumblr! Thanks so much for all of the support. We promise to keep the content coming. Let us know what you would like to see in the upcoming weeks on our tumblr, blog, and other social media pages. BZ to you all!

V-NH Day: Victory in Naval History!

We now have over 100,000 followers for our tumblr! Thanks so much for all of the support. We promise to keep the content coming. Let us know what you would like to see in the upcoming weeks on our tumblr, blog, and other social media pages. BZ to you all!

Forty-Two years ago, two naval aviators from USS Midway helped thwart an enemy altercation off Haiphong Harbor. Wednesday, they were honored for the event in San Diego at the USS Midway Museum.

Click to read the story here. 

South Vietnam - A gunner aboard Navy fast coastal patrol craft (PCF-3) fires a .50 caliber machine gun into a Viet Cong position near An Thoi.  (US Navy/NHHC Photo Archive)

We are almost at the weekend! Coffee up! 

(NHHC/US Navy Photo Archive)

A REAL NAVY SEAL AT THE NATIONAL ZOO
Not many veterans can say they are paid out their Navy pension in fish. 

In preparation for our featured story tomorrow about another marine mammal, here is your latest edition of #NavyHistoryinPopularCulture.

Brace Yourself - The Naval History Book Sale is coming (27-28 AUG) at the Navy Museum Store at the National Museum of the United States Navy. Maybe you can find some books about Admiral STARK or maybe ADM Rickover, not RICKON. You will have much GREYJOY from all the gray hulls of ships you can read about. Make sure to not HOUND at the front of the museum doors. A throne of naval history knowledge is better than an iron one, anyway. (Original Image courtesy HBO)

Wow. It has surely been an exciting few days for baseball here at nearby Nationals Park. In honor of the Washington National’s win streak, here is a vintage shot of the baseball team from the USS Washington (related only in name). LOC Photo # USZ62-78263

#TBT: Past vs. Present Matchup

It’s #TBT. For our eighth matchup, we wanted to shift course and highlight how important damage control is in the United States Navy. Surely, damage control teams played a huge part in keeping ships like the San Francisco and Samuel B. Roberts afloat. Who would you pick?