Naval History and Heritage Command

The Tradition of Ship
Commissioning
The commissioning ceremony has been a tradition in the U.S. Navy since December 1775.
The commissioning ceremony has been a tradition in the U.S. Navy since December 1775.
Resources for
Navy Veterans
Locate records related to military service, photos, deck logs, ship histories, and more.
Locate records related to military service, photos, deck logs, ship histories, and more.
FEBRUARY
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1933 - USS Ranger (CV 4), the US Navy's first true aircraft carrier, is launched.
Find
Ship Histories
Browse the <a href="https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs.html">Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships</a> to learn about ships from the earliest days of the Navy to the present. Click the Explore button below to learn about the DANFS ship of the week.
Browse the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships to learn about ships from the earliest days of the Navy to the present. Click the Explore button below to learn about the DANFS ship of the week.
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
Learn about the origins of nautical terms and traditions such as manning the rail, homecoming, and more.
Learn about the origins of nautical terms and traditions such as manning the rail, homecoming, and more.
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.
View
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.