Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
On 31 July 1964 the all-nuclear task force comprised of US Navy warships USS Long Beach (CGN 9), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) left Norfolk, VA to begin Operation Sea Orbit, circumnavigating the globe without refueling. In this photo taken prior to departure, members of Enterprise's crew are in a flight deck formation spelling out Albert Einstein's equation for nuclear energy. NHHC image KN 09027.
On 19 July 1886 USS Atlanta, the first steel-hulled American protected cruiser armed with breechloading rifled guns was commissioned. One of the “ABCD” ships of steel (also including Boston, Chicago, Dolphin) Atlanta could operate under steam or sail.
In the early morning of 6 July 1943, the cruiser USS Helena (CL 50) was part of a task force that fought Japanese destroyers in the Battle of Kula Gulf. Hit by three torpedoes in that action, the cruiser was broken into three parts and sunk, with the loss of nearly 170 of her crewmen.
On 10 May 1775 a force commanded by Ethan Allan and Benedict Arnold crossed Lake Champlain and captured the British fort at Ticonderoga, New York. Five U.S. Navy warships have since been named in honor of this victory, including the most recent, the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS Ticonderoga (CG 47). This low angle starboard bow view of Ticonderoga was taken while she was underway during sea trials. US Navy photo DN-SC-84-00165.
Museum Store Stocks Bric Tek Navy Warship Building Block Kits
The Navy Museum store, located in the National Museum of the United States Navy at the Washington Navy Yard, recently began stocking Bric Tek building block kits of simulated naval warships. We currently stock seven different construction kits, ranging from a small frigate, all the way to a huge helicopter carrier (seen above) consisting of nearly 2,000 pieces. These Bric Tek sets are fully compatible with LEGO building blocks. Many of the ship sets come with smaller aircraft including helicopters and jets, and the carrier set even includes a hovercraft that can be safely stowed in a well deck! The sets also include poseable figures with guns, radios, and other attachments.
BOOK REVIEW – Warships After Washington: The Development of the Five Major Fleets 1922-1930
By John Jordan, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2011).
Reviewed by Larry A. Grant
Warships After Washington: The Development of the Five Major Fleets 1922-1930 tells the story of the impact of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 on warship construction as the victorious nations tried to modernize their navies while facing financial strain, national exhaustion, strategic necessity and strategic ambition.
The Naval Historical Foundation’s Dr. Dave Winkler will be interviewed by Russian TV about a 1988 incident in the Black Sea, when two Soviet frigates rammed US Navy cruiser USS Yorktown (CG 48) and destroyer USS Caron (DD 970). More on the incident appears in an article by Winkler in February’s Navy League Sea Power magazine.
Photo: USS Yorktown (CG 48) underway in 2002. US Navy photo 020224-N-OB537-502.