Naval History and Heritage Command

War in the Shallows
Warfare in Vietnam
As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, NHHC takes you inside the war's Coastal Surveillance Force, River Patrol Force, and River Assault Force.
As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, NHHC takes you inside the war's Coastal Surveillance Force, River Patrol Force, and River Assault Force.
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The Sextant
The Sextant: Taking a Fix on the History and Heritage of Today's Navy invites readers to engage with and share the rich stories of our Navy.
The Sextant: Taking a Fix on the History and Heritage of Today's Navy invites readers to engage with and share the rich stories of our Navy.
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1813 - The frigate Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, becomes the first U.S. Navy warship to round Cape Horn and enter the Pacific Ocean.
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Ship Histories
Browse the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships to learn about ships from the earliest days of the Navy to the present.
Browse the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships to learn about ships from the earliest days of the Navy to the present.
Learn About the
Ship of State
Did you know USS Constitution is crewed by active-duty U.S. Navy Sailors who share her story with     visitors from around the world? Explore her history here!
Did you know USS Constitution is crewed by active-duty U.S. Navy Sailors who share her story with visitors from around the world? Explore her history here!
Get To Know
Navy Heritage
Fascinated by Navy customs, traditions, awards, and ceremonies? Find out more here about the service's rich heritage.
Fascinated by Navy customs, traditions, awards, and ceremonies? Find out more here about the service's rich heritage.
Research
Archival Records
Interested in the Navy's operational history? Learn about our Archives' holdings of records and personal papers.
Interested in the Navy's operational history? Learn about our Archives' holdings of records and personal papers.
Check Out
Art Exhibits
From undersea to outer space, follow the Navy through history with highlights from our art collection.
From undersea to outer space, follow the Navy through history with highlights from our art collection.
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Historic Photos
Find images from throughout naval history in our growing online photo collection.
Find images from throughout naval history in our growing online photo collection.