Naval History and Heritage Command

Without a decisive Naval force we can
do nothing definitive - and with it,
everything honorable and glorious.

George Washington to Marquis de Lafayette, 15 November 1781

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Whether you visit one of the official U.S. Navy Museums, take advantage of public programs and publications, or seek knowledge through the artifacts, documents, images and artwork available at the NHHC, you will find that this is where the history, legacy and traditions of the United States Navy come alive.

**Access to some of the collections located at the Washington Navy Yard may be limited. Please refer to the Notices section below for the most current information.

Women in the Navy

Women have long played essential roles in the U.S. Navy.


Archives Access
The naval archives will operate under restricted access due to the ongoing remediation efforts in storage facilities and naval history holdings. Access to and support from naval archives will remain limited to official government inquiries and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests only.

Command Operations Reports
Until further notice, the NHHC can no longer accept Command Operations Reports (COR) via NIPR or SIPR email. All commands submitting unclassified, confidential, or secret reports shall submit CORs via commercial courier (FedEx or UPS). >>More

Curator Artifact Collection
Most of the Navy's central historic artifact collection is stored offsite as part of an initiative to improve the conditions in which they are kept. Requests for artifact support and for loans will be entertained, but response times will be longer than in the past. Official requests will have priority. Email inquiries to

Navy Art Gallery
The exhibition space of the Navy Art Collection is now located in The National Museum of the United States Navy on the Washington Navy Yard (Building 76).  We look forward to your visit.

Most of the Navy's historic art collection is stored offsite as part of an initiative to improve the conditions in which they are kept. Research request response times will be longer than in the past, and official requests will have priority. Contact the Art Collection staff at (202) 433-3815.


Ship Naming Report
(436k PDF)


60th Anniversary of the Korean War

Additional resources related to U.S. Navy commemorations


NHHC employees only.
CAC access required.

Astronaut and Navy Captain Winston E. Scott goes for a “walk
African Americans
in the Navy
President John F. Kennedy
in the Navy
Ronnie Harris 1996 Olympian,during the 29th annual Marine Corps Marathon
Navy Olympians
HMS Guerriere’s mizzen mast goes over the side as she battles USS Constitution on 19 August 1812. [“In Action,” Michel Felice Corne, oil on canvas, photo #K-26254]
War of 1812
Painting of the Navy Hospital Ship USS Solace
Navy Medicine
Sitting Duck, Colored pencil, 1950s
Korean War
Spanish American War painting
Spanish American War
Water sprays from a test blast off the starboard side of Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
USS Constitution artists rendition
USS Constitution
Virtual Tour
War of 1812 logo
War of 1812
Stack of books photo
What's New Online, from the Library
Submarine prow photo
Command Operation Reports

Today in U.S. Naval History

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