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"Sudden Squall" by R.G. Smith
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060

Conferences at the Washington Navy Yard, 22-23 September 1999

On 22 and 23 September 1999, the Naval Historical Center hosted the visit of two groups of naval historians from 15 different nations. On the first day THALASSA, an organization of Ibero-American naval historians, discussed subjects of mutual interest and heard papers presented by Jorge Delano, Virginia Leonard, Robert Scheina, Ralph Woodward, and Carlos Etayo Elizondo.

On the second day, Rear Admiral Christopher Weaver, Commandant Naval District Washington, welcomed the following foreign guests to the historic Washington Navy Yard: Marc Van Alphen, Institute for Maritime History, Netherlands; Hans Christian Bjerg, Royal Danish Navy; J. David Brown, Head of Naval Historical Branch, UK; Carlos Etayo Elizondo, Spanish naval historian; Ioannis Loucas, Greek Naval Academy/Naval War College; Guillermo J. Montenegro, Argentine Naval War College; Phillipe Vial and Jean de Preneuf, History Service of the Navy, France; Werner Rahn, German naval historian; Bjorn Terjesen, Royal Norwegian Naval Academy; Michael Whitby, Directorate of History and Heritage, Canada; and Akihiko Yoshida, Japan.

The participants discussed a number of subjects, including the establishment of an Internet-based international journal of naval history and the challenge of electronics records management. Social events included two luncheons and tours of the Center's underwater archaeology laboratory, Navy Department Library rare book room, the Marine Corps Museum, and The Navy Museum. The meetings helped the attending professionals forge new contacts, reaffirm old ties, and share insights and information on the state of naval history around the globe.

12 June 2001