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Compiled like an encyclopedia, each Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) entry includes a ship history summary. This week, we are featuring Nicholson II (Destroyer No. 52).
Compiled like an encyclopedia, each Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) entry includes a ship history summary. This week, we are featuring Nicholson II (Destroyer No. 52).
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Navy Veterans
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Locate records related to military service, photos, deck logs, ship histories, and more.
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1800 - Capt. Thomas Tingey is ordered to duty as the first Superintendent of the Washington Navy Yard.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.