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Visit the US Navy Museum and Cold War Gallery at the Washington Navy Yard this August! During this month, free entry is open along the Anacostia Riverwalk, just a short walk from the Washington Nationals stadium. Learn more here: http://usnavymuseum.org/

Navy Museum, Cold War Gallery, Destroyer Barry Accessible by Anacostia Riverwalk in August

For the month of August, Naval History and Heritage Command along with the support of Naval District Washington, will offer free public access via the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the newly opened Cold War Gallery, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and destroyer Display Ship Barry.

The only day the museums will not be open is on Mondays, due to the furlough restrictions.

(learn more here)

The first successful launch of a Polaris missile occurred on 20 July 1960 from nuclear submarine USS George Washington (SSBN 598) submerged off Florida. Two missiles were launched. The Cold War Gallery at the Washington Navy Yard features models of all of the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles, as well as a model of USS George Washington, and a section of her hull plate. All are shown here (the hull plate is in the model case).

On 14 July 1952, the keel for USS Forrestal (CVA 59), the U.S. Navy’s first supercarrier, was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. An enormous 24 foot long model of Forrestal is on display in the Cold War Gallery at the Washington Navy Yard, learn more here: http://usnavymuseum.org/Ex4_CarrierBG.asp

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.

(find out how to order yours today)

NHF Hosts San Diego Member Event On Board USS Midway Museum

On Sunday, April 7th, the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) hosted a festive event aboard the USS Midway Museum in beautiful San Diego harbor. Over 40 members and friends of the Foundation gathered on the historic aircraft carrier to catch up with old friends and learn more about the latest developments at the Foundation. Guests were welcomed by Midway CEO, Rear Admiral Mac McLaughlin USN(Ret.) and were greeted by NHF President Rear Admiral John Mitchell USN(Ret.), who welcomed southern California members and guests and provided an overview of the Foundation’s latest activities.

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BOOK REVIEW – The Sailing Frigate: A History in Ship 
By Robert Gardiner, Seaforth Publishing (distributed by Naval Institute Press in the United States), (2013).
Reviewed by Mark Lardas
Robert Gardiner’s latest book, The Sailing Frigate: A History in Ship Models, illustrates why he is so highly-regarded. He has previously written three other books about that cover frigate development from the 1740s through the end of the Napoleonic Era frigates (all worth having for those interested in frigate development). This latest work covers the whole of frigate history, presenting the history of frigate development from 1600 through 1850.
(read the full review)

BOOK REVIEW – The Sailing Frigate: A History in Ship

By Robert Gardiner, Seaforth Publishing (distributed by Naval Institute Press in the United States), (2013).

Reviewed by Mark Lardas

Robert Gardiner’s latest book, The Sailing Frigate: A History in Ship Models, illustrates why he is so highly-regarded. He has previously written three other books about that cover frigate development from the 1740s through the end of the Napoleonic Era frigates (all worth having for those interested in frigate development). This latest work covers the whole of frigate history, presenting the history of frigate development from 1600 through 1850.

(read the full review)

Celebrating Women’s History Month at the Naval Historical Foundation

Responding to the Navy’s Women’s History Month theme of “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” the Naval Historical Foundation participated in Women’s History Month by co-hosting an event with the Hopper Information Services Center, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy on March 1, 2013. The event, organized by ONI for the command’s staff and their families, honored the contributions of the late Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computer programing, who aptly utilized her advanced knowledge of mathematics and technology to create one of the first computer programing languages.

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