WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) announced the requirements for the 2022 Chief of Naval Operations Naval History Essay contest March 9.

Begun in 2017 under then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, 2022 is the sixth year of the contest and CNO Adm. Mike Gilday’s third year of sponsorship.

This year’s contest challenges entrants to present their insights on how the U.S. Navy can establish and maintain maritime superiority in an era of strategic competition. Submissions will be judged on readability, thoroughness of research, quality of insights and uniqueness of ideas presented. The submission deadline is May 31.

“I have seen some thought-provoking submissions for this contest over the years, relevant to current and future Navy operations and force structure,” said NHHC Director Samuel J. Cox, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral. “I am looking forward to seeing what this year’s entrants have in store for us.”

NHHC coordinates the annual contest, supported by the United States Naval Institute, which has sponsored essay contests since 1878.

Participants will fall into two categories: Professional Category and Rising Category. The Professional Category includes historians, professors, authors of books on naval history, and civilians who have published articles in an established historical or naval journal or magazine. The Rising Category includes active duty, reservists, veterans, and federal civilian personnel of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. This category also includes members of foreign militaries who have orders and are serving in an official billet for one of the aforementioned services.

Winners receive cash prizes and an artifact from USS Constitution. First place winners will also receive $5,000 and have their essay published in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings and Naval History periodicals. All winning essays will be published on the NHHC website.

For more details about the contest, please visit https://www.history.navy.mil/get-involved/essay-contest.html or www.usni.org/essay-contests. For questions, please contact Dr. Pete Haynes, peter.d.haynes.civ@us.navy.mil. For advice and guidance on writing essays, please email essayquestions@usni.org.

NHHC, 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. It further 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 archeology, Navy histories, 10 museums, USS Constitution repair facility, and the historic ship Nautilus.



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