Naval History and Heritage Command

Vestal Bell
Signifies Remembrance
During the Pentagon's Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony, NHHC's USS Vestal Bell reminded attendees of the importance in honoring our past. Read why its role was vital in inspiring Sailors this week. Click 'Explore.'
During the Pentagon's Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony, NHHC's USS Vestal Bell reminded attendees of the importance in honoring our past. Read why its role was vital in inspiring Sailors this week. Click 'Explore.'
Official Logo for 75th
Anniversary of WWII
Starting with the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2016, through the anniversary of the Japanese surrender onboard USS Missouri on September 2, 2020, the Navy will commemorate the pivotal role Sailors played in America’s World War II victory.
Starting with the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2016, through the anniversary of the Japanese surrender onboard USS Missouri on September 2, 2020, the Navy will commemorate the pivotal role Sailors played in America’s World War II victory.
DECEMBER
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1941 - After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declares war on Japan.
Find
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.
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.