Navy Museum Hosts Panel on Formerly Classified Undersea CIA/Navy Mission

Last night, the US Navy Museum hosted a special panel presentation entitled “An Underwater Ice Station Zebra: Recovering a Secret Spy Satellite Capsule from 16,400 ft Below the Pacific Ocean” The subject for the evening was the once classified 1972 mission to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Early that year, a film capsule from an American photoreconnaissance satellite, codenamed HEXAGON, was dropped from orbit in a small container, for retrieval at sea. The mission encountered a major problem when the capsule’s parachute malfunctioned, and the capsule plummeted more 3 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, north of Hawaii. Only the US Navy had the technology to retrieve the capsule, and the advanced Trieste II (DSV 1) Deep Sea Vehicle was dispatched to complete what was at the time the deepest undersea salvage mission ever attempted.

(read more about the event)

We remember the tragic attack at Pearl Harbor, 71 years ago today, December 7, 1941. A story on our blog includes 5 minute of black and white footage of the attack, including the explosion shown in this still photograph, when the forward magazine of USS Shaw (DD 373) was set off. NHHC image NH 86118.

Watch film footage of the Pearl Harbor attack here

The Marianas Operation Phase I: Saipan

This multi-part World War II documentary, produced by the United States Marine Corps in 1944, provides a detailed examination of the campaign to take the Marianas from the Japanese. Initial landings began on 15 June 1944. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, UM-24.

(watch the full video, over 1 hour of World War II era footage)

The Nuclear Navy (1967)

On 13 May 1964, the world’s first all nuclear-powered task group, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Long Beach (CGN 9), and USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), was organized and deployed to Sixth Fleet. This 1967 Navy film entitled “The Nuclear Navy” tells the story.

New Video Series on the War of 1812

RH Rositzke & Associates, LLC, has completed work on five videos for the U.S. Navy’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration. We’ve posted previously about some of their recent work, including a video on last year’s Centennial of Naval Aviation and a series on the U.S. Navy in the Civil War. This latest release on the War of 1812 will be displayed as part of Navy exhibits at venues across the country, where the Bicentennial is being observed.

(read more here)