Caption: 150909-N-TH437-057 WASHINGTON - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert looks at some of the holdings of the Naval History and Heritage Command's (NHHC) Navy Department Library with Samuel Cox, director of NHHC, during a tour highlighting ongoing rehabilitation and modernization of NHHC's facilities, Sept. 9. According to Cox, the ongoing remediation and reinvigoration of the entire naval history enterprise remains on track thanks in large part to the leadership and backing of the CNO. Greenert has been one of the most determined supporters of NHHC's effort to protect and preserve the Navy's historic holdings. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood/Released)

by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command

The visit of Adm. Jonathan Greenert also afforded NHHC's director, Sam Cox, the opportunity to personally thank the CNO for his determination and support of naval history.

"We're still seeking permanent solutions to many of our facility issues," said Cox. "But the ongoing remediation and reinvigoration of the entire enterprise remains on track, thanks in large part to the CNO's leadership and support."

While at NHHC, Greenert was given a first-hand look at a major facility project now underway, the renovation of the main NHHC HQ building (B57), which will also include replacement of the first floor HVAC, and installation of an internal egress stairway and elevator to comply with Life/Safety and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

During the tour, Cox also showed Greenert the impact his support has had on the command including improved environmental controls for the Navy's archives, the preservation and backlog processing effort in the command's extensive photo archive, as well as renovations to install a waterless fire suppression system in the Command's rare book room which holds many of the Navy's unique or rare books and manuscripts.

The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy's unique and enduring contributions through our nation's history, and supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archaeology, Navy histories, nine museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.