We Are Not Hearing About Any Fiftieth Anniversary IncSea Celebrations – and Why That May Not be a Bad Thing

By David F. Winkler, Ph.D. Staff Historian  Ten years ago, delegations from the U.S. and Russian Federations met at the Naval Observatory to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Incidents at Sea Agreement (IncSea) on May 25, 1972, as part of the Nixon- Brezhnev Summit held in Moscow. After a historical overview

50 Years Ago: Easter Offensive, South Vietnam 1972 — Recollections of the Role of USS Davidson (DE-1045)

By F.H. McCullough, III INTRODUCTION Fifty-years ago, in the Gulf of Tonkin, during the evening of May 8, 1972, offshore North Vietnam, a U.S. Navy SH-3 Sea King helicopter was making its approach to the U.S. Navy’s guided missile light cruiser USS Providence (CLG 6), flagship of Rear Adm. Rembrandt C. Robinson, USN, the Commander

Delbert D. Black More Than Just a Gunner’s Mate – By Jim Leuci, MCPO, USN (Ret.)

Above: Delbert D. Black, an Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided-missile destroyer, named for the service’s first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) was commissioned on September 26, 2020. Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite observed: “Commissioning a ship after the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy is an honor without equal. The

Admiral Rickover, Admiral Holloway, and the Dawn of Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carriers.

Guest Post by Captain Todd Creekman, USN (Ret.) Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret.), commanding officer of USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and 20th Chief of Naval Operations, served for 28 years in retirement as president and later chairman of the board for the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF). Admiral Holloway left his mark on NHF through his selfless service

The Battle of Leyte Gulf 75th Anniversary Symposium

Overview In 2004, Admiral James Holloway III and the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) hosted a symposium on the 60th anniversary of the largest naval battle in history. Fifteen years later the Naval Historical Foundation returns to the historic Decatur House, formerly the Truxtun-Decatur Naval Museum, to host The Battle of Leyte Gulf 75th Anniversary Symposium.

NHF’s 2nd Annual Five-Star Mess Night

After the overwhelming success of the Naval Historical Foundation’s inaugural mess night last year, NHF hosted its second annual Five-Star Mess Night on June 8th. Guests joined the Foundation in the National Museum of the U. S. Navy in celebration of the pivotal historical milestone of the 75th anniversary of World War II’s Allied invasion

Welcome CNO Gilday!

“It is a great honor and privilege to welcome our 32nd Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Michael Gilday, USN. The Naval Historical Foundation stands ready to support your tenure in any way possible to promote the lessons of our past with the important imperatives of our future.” – Rear Adm. Sonny Masso, USN (Ret.), Executive Director

U-Boats Off Bermuda: Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors Landed in Bermuda 1940-1944

U-Boats Off Bermuda: Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors Landed in Bermuda 1940-1944 By Eric Wiberg, Fonthill Media, Charleston, SC: (2017).   Reviewed by Timothy Heck   Eric Wiberg’s U-Boats Off Bermuda recounts a story of the western side of the War in the Atlantic.  With much of the scholarship focused on the combatants, and

Crucible of a Generation: How the Attack on Pearl Harbor Transformed America

Crucible of a Generation: How the Attack on Pearl Harbor Transformed America. By J. Kenneth Brody, Routledge, New York, (2017).   Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D., Independent Scholar   “All I know is what I read in the papers.” Will Rogers (Brody 2017:vi).  This is an often mentioned quote (with variations) cited by author

BOOK REVIEW – Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China, 1945 – 2016

Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China 1945-2016 by David F. Winkler, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2017).   Reviewed by Charles Bogart   The Cold War was exceptionally “cold” on land, as there were very few confrontations between Soviet and American ground forces along the land border between NATO and

BOOK REVIEW – In the Shadow of Greatness: The Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from American’s Longest War

 In the Shadow of Greatness: The Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War By Joshua Welle, John Ennis, Katherine Kranz, and Graham Plaster, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012).   Reviewed by Capt. Lee Duckworth, USN (Ret.)   In the Shadow of Greatness:  Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest