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

Image from Pentagon Panel 1


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.

Pearl Harbor Attack

The Imperial Japanese Navy carried out a surprise attack on U.S. naval forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. The raid killed over 2,000 Americans and ignited World War II in the Pacific.



Archives Access
The naval archives will have restricted access due to ongoing remediation efforts in storage facilities and naval history holdings. Access to and support from the archives will remain limited to official government inquiries.

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 nhhccurator@navy.mil.

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.

Holiday Menu image, a baby riding a turkey
Holiday Menus
photo of Admiral Joseph James Clark - Cherokee Indian
Native Americans
Photo of the USS Enterprise
USS Enterprise
Photo of President John F. Kennedy
Cuban Missile Crisis
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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