Without a decisive Naval force we can
do nothing definitive - and with it,
everything honorable and glorious.

George Washington to Marquis de Lafayette, 15 November 1781

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Whether you visit one of the official U.S. Navy Museums, take advantage of public programs and publications, or seek knowledge through the artifacts, documents, images and artwork available at the NHHC, you will find that this is where the history, legacy and traditions of the United States Navy come alive.

**Access to some of the collections located at the Washington Navy Yard may be limited. Please refer to the Notices section below for the most current information.

Navy Birthday

The Navy celebrates its birthday on 13 October. Learn the history of this day in 1775, and join in the celebration this year.



Archives Closed
The NHHC Archives are limited in responding to official reference requests. This includes all Archives sections at HQ (Operational, Aviation, Ships, Deck Logs, and Photo).

Command Operations Reports
Until further notice, the NHHC can no longer accept Command Operations Reports (COR) via NIPR or SIPR email. All commands submitting unclassified, confidential, or secret reports shall submit CORs via commercial courier (FedEx or UPS). >>More

Curator Artifact Collection
The Curator Branch of the NHHC at the Washington Navy Yard has relocated collections deemed to be at "High Risk" to new storage facilities. These facilities are not co-located with the Curator Branch, limiting access. Please take this into account when requesting information with regard to these collections. Email inquiries to nhhccurator@navy.mil.

Navy Art Gallery
The exhibition space of the Navy Art Collection is now located in The National Museum of the United States Navy on the Washington Navy Yard (Building 76).  We look forward to your visit.

Researchers wishing to view artworks not on exhibition, please contact the Art Collection staff for assistance at (202) 433-3815. Due to the movement of stored items to an offsite facility, research on collections is difficult and requires advanced planning.


Ship Naming Report
(436k PDF)


60th Anniversary of the Korean War

Additional resources related to U.S. Navy commemorations


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CAC access required.

photo of Airman Maria Garcia who was a plane captain for Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126)
Hispanic American Heritage Month
Photo of John F. Kennedy
Cuban Missile Crisis
Mobile Bay line art
Battle of Mobile Bay
Painting of the Navy Hospital Ship USS Solace
Navy Medicine
John Paul Jones painting
John Paul Jones
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Rowel Delacruz
Korean War
Spanish American War painting
Spanish American War
Photo of a ship with explosive plume next to it
Uss Constitution artists rendition
USS Constitution
Virtual Tour
War of 1812 logo
War of 1812
Stack of books photo
What's New Online, from the Library
Submarine prow photo
Command Operation Reports

Today in U.S. Naval History

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