On 14 December 1814, a British squadron captured U.S. gunboats in the Battle of Lake Borgne, Louisiana, as the British advanced towards New Orleans and the eventual showdown with American forces led by General Andrew Jackson. This painting by T.L. Hornbrook depicts the fighting on the lake. NHHC image KN-10881.

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The Naval Historical Foundation’s mission covers three important aspects of naval history: Preservation, Education, and Commemoration. We help to preserve historic artifacts, documents, and photographs through acquisition and transfer to appropriate archives and museums. We educate the public and the U.S. Navy by creating world class museum exhibits, informative videos, and compelling publications – as well as through our annual STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and History) Teacher Fellowship program. We commemorate solemn and historic events such as the Battle of Midway by hosting events in the Washington, D.C. area, and by commissioning commemorative coins.

We ask that you consider the Naval Historical Foundation this fall for a donation through the Combined Federal Campaign. Please note that our CFC Agency Code is 11010. All Federal employees are eligible to donate, and your support means everything to us.

50 years ago today, USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) the world’s first nuclear-powered frigate, was commissioned. This image shows Bainbridge underway at sea just prior to her commissioning, 20 September 1962. NHHC image NH 98104.

On 23 April 1945, in the first U.S. use of guided missiles in World War II, two BAT radar guided missiles were fired at Japanese shipping off Balikiapan, Borneo. The BAT missile was designed to be launched from Navy PB4Y aircraft.

This BAT missile is on display at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Photo courtesy of Smithsonian.

2012 Cold War Essay Prize Competition from Virginia Military Institute

For the eighth year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best unpublished research papers dealing with the United States military in the Cold War era (1945-1991).  Any aspect of the Cold War military is eligible, with papers on war planning, operations, intelligence, logistics, and mobilization especially welcome.  Please note that essays which relate aspects of the Korean and Southeast Asian conflicts to the larger Cold War are also open for consideration.

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On 10 April 1963, during diving tests, the nuclear submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593) was lost with all hands (112 crew and 12 civilians) east of Cape Cod, MA. This bow-on view of Thresher was taken on 24 July 1961. NHHC Photo NH 97545.

Into the Lion’s Den Exhibit: USS Rowan (DD 782)

We’re moving along rapidly with planning for the new Cold War Gallery exhibit, “Into the Lion’s Den.” The exhibit tells the story of the 1972 raid into Haiphong Harbor by four U.S. Navy warships to shell enemy shore positions. Today, we want to recognize one of the participants in the raid: destroyer USS Rowan (DD 782).

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On 4 April 1776, the Continental Navy frigate Columbus captured His Majesty’s Tender Hawke, the first American capture of a British armed vessel during the American Revolution. This painting in oils by W. Nowland Van Powell, shows Columbus, under the command of Captain Abraham Whipple, bringing in the British brig Lord Lifford, while operating off the New England coast in 1776. (NHHC Photo NH 85210-KN)

NHF Co-Sponsors SECNAV War of 1812 Commemoration Kickoff

Tuesday evening at the Library of Congress, the Naval Historical Foundation helped the Navy stage its formal kickoff for the 2012 War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration. The event was hosted in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building, by Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington and Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Ray Mabus. Joining the Foundation in supporting this event were the Navy League of the United States, OpSail, and the National Maritime Historical Society.

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(images top and left courtesy U.S. Navy, image right from NHF)

"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

To learn more about the upcoming exhibit “Into the Lion’s Den” which features USS
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