Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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For the Fleet
Commonly Requested Information on Fleet Issues
Information
For the Fleet
Commonly Requested Information on Fleet Issues
Resources for
Navy Veterans
Locate records related to military service, photos, deck logs, ship histories, and more.
Resources for
Navy Veterans
Locate records related to military service, photos, deck logs, ship histories, and more.
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1838 - The Exploring Expedition led by Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on a world cruise.
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Ship Histories
Compiled like an encyclopedia, the <a href="https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs.html">Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)</a> is a historical listing of U.S. naval ships. Learn about the DANFS ship of the week, <a href="https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/p/palos-ii.html"><i>Palos</i> (Gunboat No. 16)</a>.
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Ship Histories
Compiled like an encyclopedia, the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) is a historical listing of U.S. naval ships. Learn about the DANFS ship of the week, Palos (Gunboat No. 16).
Life in the Navy:
Ship's Bell
Ship bells have been a part of the traditions of the world's navies and merchant fleets for centuries for both functional and ceremonial uses.
Life in the Navy:
Ship's Bell
Ship bells have been a part of the traditions of the world's navies and merchant fleets for centuries for both functional and ceremonial uses.
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Art Exhibits
From undersea to outer space, follow the Navy through history with highlights from our art collection.
Check Out
Art Exhibits
From undersea to outer space, follow the Navy through history with highlights from our art collection.
In the Library:
1879 Amazon Survey
Survey of the Amazon, Report of Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, United States Ship Enterprise (3d rate), August 1, 1879
In the Library:
1879 Amazon Survey
Survey of the Amazon, Report of Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, United States Ship Enterprise (3d rate), August 1, 1879
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Archival Records
Interested in the Navy's operational history? NHHC archivists catalog reams of documents, including deck logs, organizational records, and command operations reports.
Research
Archival Records
Interested in the Navy's operational history? NHHC archivists catalog reams of documents, including deck logs, organizational records, and command operations reports.
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Historic Photos
Find images from throughout naval history in our growing online photo collection.
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Historic Photos
Find images from throughout naval history in our growing online photo collection.