Welcome to your new portal for Navy history! At the Naval History and Heritage Command, we are committed to making more of our holdings—the Navy’s rich history—accessible to the public. We redesigned our site for the first time in nearly twenty years to help you find the naval history and heritage content you want, whether you’re a Sailor, veteran, researcher, student, or fan. It’s a work in progress. We appreciate your patience as we improve our user experience and hope you will check back for new features.

As we continue building our site, we want to hear what we can improve! Send us a message at NHHCWebmaster@navy.mil or connect with us on social media using the buttons at the top of the page.

Find out what’s new (and what’s 200+ years old) below.

Features

  • More relevant results
  • Ability to filter or search by tag
  • Related content suggestions
  • Browse by Topic section connects resources across the site
  • Intuitive navigation
  • Consistent top, bottom, and side navigation options throughout
  • Breadcrumbs on each page show where you are
  • Enhanced imagery
  • Lightbox preview tool for convenient collection browsing
  • Downloadable high-resolution photos (we’re always adding more)
  • Highlighted news and events
  • Homepage carousel brings latest stories to the front
  • Upcoming events at our nationwide museums organized by date

Content Guide

We still have the wealth of content we offered on the old site, and we’re always adding more to our 24,000+ pages of ship histories, photos, personal papers, works of combat art, and digitized books. We're proud to offer unique content like: 

  • Dedicated high-resolution photo exhibits for 68 different battleships
  • Famous quotes—“Don’t give up the ship!” 
  • Artifacts from the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Oral histories from those serving in the Invasion of Normandy
  • A declassified Navajo Code Talkers’ dictionary
  • Both the American and British accounts of Old Ironsides’ 1812 victory over HMS Guerriere
  • Mess deck recipes from the 1950s
  • Combat art from the Korean War
  • Tools for celebrating the Navy’s birthday
  • What happened today in naval history?

You might find some familiar resources in a new place or a different format:

  • Documents associated with archives, library, underwater archaeology, and historical writings and NHHC publications appear under “Research”
  • Contact and visitor information is consolidated along with policies, internship applications, loan programs, instructions, and forms under “Get Involved” and “About Us”
  • If you are interested in a certain era or subject matter, try “Browse by Topic,” where we arranged the content from our old FAQ lists and commemorative exhibits thematically

We can't wait to hear from you. Thank you for your feedback and your interest in Navy history!