Seawolf: Maritime Strategy Covered In Sub History Seminar

With the Covert Submarine Operations exhibit in the National Museum of the U.S. Navy’s Cold War Gallery serving as a backdrop, a large crowd filled the Gallery’s North Hall on the evening of 11 April 2013 (coinciding with the Submarine Force’s 113th Birthday) to witness and participate in a program titled “Seawolf and The Maritime Strategy: Examining the Relationships of Policy, Strategy, Technology, Tactics and Acquisition.“

In what has become a fixture on the April calendar for over a decade, the joint Naval Submarine League – Naval Historical Foundation Submarine History Seminar reviewed how the U.S. Navy’s posture changed from the Carter years of being a reactionary one that assumed the Soviet Navy would replay the role of the Germans in fighting a Battle of the Atlantic III, to a proactive strategy during the Reagan years that aimed at attacking Soviet ballistic missile submarines at the onset of war. A key was a realization by American Navy leaders that the Soviets had little interest in using their submarine forces to interdict allied operations in the North Atlantic. This shift in American thinking on how to employ forces in a general war with the Soviet Union became known as “The Maritime Strategy” and the Seawolf submarine, of which only three were built, was designed as a big, fast, quiet, torpedo-laden weapon system that could effectively operate in hostile waters.

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Naval Aviators Visit Cold War Gallery

On 3 April 2013, three retired naval aviators paid their first visit to the Cold War Gallery at the Washington Navy Yard, to view some of the Navy Museum’s newest exhibits. Of particular interest to them was the Ready Room Theater, a replica of an aircraft carrier squadron ready room.

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Today is National Medal of Honor Day, and we hope you’ll remember those who have risked and sacrificed so much for our nation. The Cold War Gallery at the Washington Navy Yard features a display of four Cold War era aircraft flown by U.S. Navy Medal of Honor recipients, as well as a kiosk with videos about many of the Cold War recipients of our nation’s highest award for valor.

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New Navy Art Exhibit Opens at Navy Museum

In honor of the Navy’s 237th birthday, the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) opened a new Navy Art exhibit October 12 at the National Museum of the United States Navy, Building 76, Washington Navy Yard. The inaugural exhibit, “Best of Navy Art,” presents notable oil and acrylic paintings depicting the history of the U.S. Navy. The new venue will feature changing exhibits, replacing the former display space in Building 67, which has been closed to visitors in anticipation of renovation.

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New Exhibit: “Into the Lion’s Den” and “Operation Sea Dragon”

This summer a new exhibit was completed at the Cold War Gallery, part of the National Museum of the United States Navy, at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C.

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Into the Lion’s Den Exhibit: USS Robison (DDG 12)

We are drawing closer to completion of the new “Into the Lion’s Den” exhibit in the Cold War Gallery, and we’d like to take the  opportunity to remember the fourth U.S. Navy surface warship involved in the 1972 night battle in Haiphong Harbor. We previously shared stories about USS Providence and USS Rowan, as well as a detailed description of the exhibit, which features a recreation of the armored bridge of the cruiser USS Newport News. The fourth ship involved in the battle was the guided missile destroyer USS Robison (DDG 12).

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USNA Class of 1951 Raises $51,000 for Navy’s Cold War Gallery

To memorialize those efforts and their classmates who lost their lives, the Naval Academy Class of 1951 has raised and contributed $51,000 to the building of the Navy’s Cold War Gallery annex to the National Museum of the United States Navy in the Washington Navy Yard.

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Image from 1951 Lucky Bag, courtesy Navy Department Library

Into the Lion’s Den Exhibit Installation Underway

All of the hard work and generous donations that have gone into development of the new “Into the Lion’s Den” exhibit at the Cold War Gallery are finally coming together. This week, Design and Production, Inc. has begun preliminary installation of the exhibit in Building 70 at the Washington Navy Yard. The work is being completed in several stages, and is expected to be finished in June. When completed, the exhibit will center around the reconstructed bridge of the heavy cruiser USS Newport News (CA 148). You can read more about the exhibit, and the 1972 Vietnam War night battle it simulates, in our earlier blog story.

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19th Century Technology Center Becomes 21st Century Museum

The Cold War Gallery of the U.S. Navy Museum is located in Building 70 on the Washington Navy Yard in southeast DC, overlooking the Anacostia River. In the early twentieth century the building housed the first naval towing tank facility. The Experimental Model Basin (EMB), the first in the United States, was constructed beginning in 1897 as a testing and scientific research facility intended to aid the shipbuilding industry. The brick building, 500 feet long by 50 feet wide, held a 1,000,000 gallon tank of water 470 feet long, 14 feet deep at the center.

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"Into the Lion’s Den" Exhibit - Heavy Cruiser USS Newport News (CA-148)

Today we present a series of photos of the heavy cruiser USS Newport News (CA-148), the centerpiece of the new 2012 exhibit planed for the Cold War Gallery. Ship photos taken from collection of Naval History and Heritage Command, patch photo taken from collection of Naval Historical Foundation

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