Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
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.
Who are you rooting for in today’s Super Bowl? Here are photos of USS Baltimore (top) and USS San Francisco (bottom), let us know who you are supporting!
Cruiser USS Worcester Model Installed in Cold War Gallery
Last week, an enormous model of a unique cruiser from the Navy’s post-World War II fleet was moved from the main Navy Museum at the Washington Navy Yard, across the parking lot to the Cold War Gallery. The builder’s model of USS Worcester (CL 144) now sits in a prominent position in the center of the South Gallery, opposite the Into the Lion’s Den exhibit. It measures nearly sixteen feet in length.
On 30 November 1942, in the Battle of Tassafaronga, the last major naval action in the Solomon Islands campaign, a U.S. force prevented a Japanese attempt to provision Japanese troops on Guadalcanal. Six U.S. ships were damaged in the action.
Shown here is the cruiser USS Minneapolis (CA-36) at Tulagi with torpedo damage sustained during the battle. Photograph was taken on 1 December 1942, as work began to cut away the wreckage of her bow. National Archives photo # 80-G-211215.
11 years ago today, on 7 October 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom began with carrier air strikes, and Tomahawk cruise missile strikes from US Navy ships and submarines. In this photo taken on that day, a Tomahawk is launched from USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) in a strike against al Qaida terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy Photo 011007-N-1523C-001.