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From The Fleet


Welcome to the National Museum of the U.S. Navy!   As a retired naval officer and aviator, I'm honored and privileged to lead an extremely talented team of museum professionals in telling the story of our great Navy.  We're tasked by NHHC's Director, RADM Sam Cox, USN (Ret.) with telling the history of the Navy - the good, the bad, and the ugly.  In doing so, I completely believe the history and heritage aren't just things of the past - they are living, breathing entities, constantly changing our understanding of the past, the present, and the future, and perhaps most importantly, OURSELVES.  


With that in mind, I'd like to welcome you to a new online experience and to ask you, our Navy, for your help.  In these online spaces, I want to help you tell YOUR story as it emerges through a revolving set of online exhibits focused on the cultural aspect of our Navy as shown in the various forms of unofficial art that exists throughout the fleet, whether it be nose art or show birds, and unofficial insignia, space/door decorations, even human art vis a vis Navy tattoos.


So...what do YOU have to share?   If your unit has a story to tell through these or other avenues, drop me a line at and we'll see what we can do!


J.B. Barta

CDR, USN, (Ret.)

Acting Director