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The United States Navy (USN) is the maritime service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most powerful navy in the world, with the estimated tonnage of its active battle fleet alone exceeding the next 13 navies combined, including 11 U.S. allies or partner nations. It has the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, two new carriers under construction, and five other carriers planned. With 336,978 personnel on active duty and 101,583 in the Ready Reserve, the U.S. Navy is the third largest of the U.S. military service branches in terms of personnel. It has 290 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of June 2019.

The U.S. Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War and was effectively disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter. After suffering significant loss of goods and personnel at the hands of the Barbary pirates from Algiers, the U.S. Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794 for the construction of six heavy frigates, the first ships of the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy played a major role in the American Civil War by blockading the Confederacy and seizing control of its rivers. It played the central role in the World War II defeat of Imperial Japan. The U.S. Navy emerged from World War II as the most powerful navy in the world. The 21st century U.S. Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in strength in such areas as the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean. It is a blue-water navy with the ability to project force onto the littoral regions of the world, engage in forward deployments during peacetime and rapidly respond to regional crises, making it a frequent actor in U.S. foreign and military policy.

The U.S. Navy is part of the Department of the Navy, alongside the U.S. Marine Corps, which is its coequal sister service. The Department of the Navy is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Navy. The Department of the Navy is itself a military department of the Department of Defense, which is headed by the Secretary of Defense. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is the most senior Navy officer serving in the Department of the Navy.

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Photograph of the Rear Control Car of a Dirigible, ca. 1933

Photograph of the Rear Control Car of a Dirigible, ca. 1933

Original Caption: Photograph of the Rear Control Car of a Dirigible, ca. 1933..U.S. National Archives’ HMS Record Entry ID: NWL-16051..Creator: U.S. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters... More

Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. Leahy

Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. Leahy

Title: Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. Leahy ..Alternative Title: [Governor William D. Leahy, Puerto Rico]. .Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: 1939..Place: Isla Grande, Puerto Rico..Physical Description: 1 tr... More

Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. Leahy

Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. Leahy

Title: Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. Leahy..Alternative Title: [Governor William D. Leahy, Puerto Rico]. .Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: 1939..Place: Isla Grande, Puerto Rico..Physical Description: 1 tra... More

Members of a USS Fletcher (DD 992) boarding team climb into a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB)

Members of a USS Fletcher (DD 992) boarding team climb into a Rigid Hu...

North Arabian Gulf (Oct. 03, 2003) Members of a USS Fletcher (DD 992) boarding team climb into a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). Fletcher is conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), enforcing U.N.... More

The old partners in the new navy job / Gillam.

The old partners in the new navy job / Gillam.

Illustration shows John Roach and George M. Robeson dressed as 16th century soldiers, doing a song and dance routine on a stage; Roach is holding a paper that states "Contract for new U.S. Cruisers $2,440,000 a... More

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter receives a tour of the Heritage Site of the Tomb garden of Emperor Humayun, a 16th century leader of India.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter rece...

NEW DELHI, India (Mar. 29, 2008) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter receives a tour of the Heritage Site of the Tomb garden of Emperor Humayun, a 16th century leader of India. Win... More

Multiple Central Florida area U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps divisions participate in beach physical training on the same beach that is recognized as the birth place of the U.S. Navy SEALs.

Multiple Central Florida area U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps divisions par...

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Nov. 05, 2016) Multiple Central Florida area U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps divisions participate in beach physical training on the same beach that is recognized as the birth place of the U.S. Na... More

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution perform 17th century boarding pike drills at Patterson Park.

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution perform 17th century boarding pik...

BALTIMORE (Jun. 13, 2012) Sailors assigned to USS Constitution perform 17th century boarding pike drills at Patterson Park as a part of Baltimore's Star Spangled Sailabration. Constitution Sailors are participa... More

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution perform 17th century boarding pike drills during the Salem Maritime Festival.

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution perform 17th century boarding pik...

SALEM, Mass. (Aug. 06, 2011) Sailors assigned to USS Constitution perform 17th century boarding pike drills during the Salem Maritime Festival. The festival drew approximately 3,000 people with more than 25 exh... More

Sailors row 1600 meters during a triathlon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Sailors row 1600 meters during a triathlon aboard the aircraft carrier...

ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 04, 2011) Sailors row 1600 meters during a triathlon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area o... More

Eine Cracke von S. Thome Wirdt...

Eine Cracke von S. Thome Wirdt...

Dutch? naval battle. Engraving by Thodor de Bry. Illus. in: Theodor de Bry, India Orientalis (Peregrination in India), 1605, part 7, plate XII. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Capti... More

PHCS Ron Bayles South Korea....Vehicles come ashore from utility landing craft 1635 (LCU-1635) during exercise Team Spirit '86. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PHCS Ron Bayles South Korea....Vehicles come ashore from utility landi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Master Diver pre-screening candidates focus on upcoming missions in the training brief aboard Landing Craft Unit (LCU-1647) at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek.

Master Diver pre-screening candidates focus on upcoming missions in th...

Little Creek, Va. (Apr. 11, 2006) Master Diver pre-screening candidates focus on upcoming missions in the training brief aboard Landing Craft Unit (LCU-1647) at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek. Mobile Diving... More

Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Sirus Woodard, assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, stands by as Landing Craft Utility 1651 approaches White Beach Naval Facility.

Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Sirus Woodard, assigned to Naval Beach Unit...

OKINAWA, Japan (Mar. 13, 2017) Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Sirus Woodard, assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, stands by as Landing Craft Utility 1651 approaches White Beach Naval Facility. (U.S. Navy photo by ... More

A Main Battle Tank Retriever vehicle assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) is off-loaded from Land Craft Utility 1660 (LCU 1660) in Saipan's Well Deck.

A Main Battle Tank Retriever vehicle assigned to the 24th Marine Exped...

At sea aboard USS Saipan A Main Battle Tank Retriever vehicle assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) is off-loaded from Land Craft Utility 1660 (LCU 1660) in Saipan's Well Deck. Saipan is cur... More

Land Craft Utility 1660 (LCU 1660) assigned to Amphibious Craft Unit Two (ACU 2) off-loads a U.S. Marine Corps Abrams M1-A1 Main Battle Tank.

Land Craft Utility 1660 (LCU 1660) assigned to Amphibious Craft Unit T...

At sea aboard USS Saipan Land Craft Utility 1660 (LCU 1660) assigned to Amphibious Craft Unit Two (ACU 2) off-loads a U.S. Marine Corps Abrams M1-A1 Main Battle Tank assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Un... More

Land Craft Utility 1660 (LCU 1660) assigned to Amphibious Craft Unit Two (ACU 2) off-loads a U.S. Marine Corps Abrams M1-A1 Main Battle Tank.

Land Craft Utility 1660 (LCU 1660) assigned to Amphibious Craft Unit T...

At sea aboard USS Saipan Landing Craft Utility 1660 (LCU 1660) assigned to Amphibious Craft Unit Two (ACU 2) off-loads a U.S. Marine Corps Abrams M1-A1 Main Battle Tank assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary... More

Personnel assigned to Naval Beach Group Two (NBG-2) load vehicles from NBG-2, and Amphibious Construction Battalion Two (ACB-2) onto Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1660 from Assault Craft Unit Two (ACU-2)

Personnel assigned to Naval Beach Group Two (NBG-2) load vehicles from...

Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia Beach, Va. (Jun. 5, 2003) -- Personnel assigned to Naval Beach Group Two (NBG-2) load vehicles from NBG-2, and Amphibious Construction Battalion Two (ACB-2) onto Lan... More

[Ironclad vessel with rudder and paddlewheel]

[Ironclad vessel with rudder and paddlewheel]

Illus. in: Gaspar Schott, Technica Curiosa, 1664, pl. 30, opp. p. 388. Reference copy may be in LOT 7007. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Marine engineering; ... More

Sailors aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard conduct a stern gate marriage with Landing Craft Utility 1680.

Sailors aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard conduct a stern gate marriage ...

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 04, 2011) Sailors assigned to the deck department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conduct a stern gate marriage with Landing Craft Utility 1680. (U.S. Navy photo ... More

An undated photograph provided by Naval History and Heritage Command  of a scale model of CSS Virginia from the Los Angeles Museum made by Alexander Lynch.

An undated photograph provided by Naval History and Heritage Command ...

WASHINGTON (Feb. 19, 2013) An undated photograph provided by Naval History and Heritage Command of a scale model of CSS Virginia from the Los Angeles Museum made by Alexander Lynch. The Confederate navy ironcl... More

International students training at the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) participate in a Field Training Exercise.

International students training at the Naval Small Craft Instruction a...

JOHN C. STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (May. 08, 2019) International students training at the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) participate in a Field Training Exercise near ... More

Restoration is in work on this 18th century cast iron swivel gun recovered from the Penobscot river near Bangor, Maine, by the Naval Historical Center (NHC) Underwater Archaeology Branch

Restoration is in work on this 18th century cast iron swivel gun recov...

Washington Navy Yard, D.C. (Jun. 26, 2003) File# 030626-O-9999H-001

Attendees of the Yorktown Victory Celebration are allowed to board historical replicas of 18th century naval ships during the 225th anniversary of the Revolutionary War.

Attendees of the Yorktown Victory Celebration are allowed to board his...

Yorktown, Va. (Oct. 19, 2006) Attendees of the Yorktown Victory Celebration are allowed to board historical replicas of 18th century naval ships during the 225th anniversary of the Revolutionary War. U.S. Navy ... More

NHHC Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) assist city of Alexandria archaeologists with measuring and recording the remains of an 18th century ship

NHHC Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) assist city of Alexandria arc...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Apr. 14, 2016) Blair Atcheson, left, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) historical preservation coordinator, uses multiple rulers to take the length and curvature of a historical timber ... More

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Mike Pechacek, a chief select temporarily assigned to USS Constitution, re-enacts part of Constitution's first battle.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Mike Pechacek, a chie...

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Aug. 17, 2009) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Mike Pechacek, a chief select temporarily assigned to USS Constitution, re-enacts part of Constitution's first battle as part ... More

USNS Comfort get underway for a five month deployment.

USNS Comfort get underway for a five month deployment.

NORFOLK, Va. (Jun. 14, 2019) U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) gets underway from Naval Station Norfolk, June 14. Comfort got underway to begin its deployment to South America, Central America and ... More

Yeoman 2nd Class Daniel Damato, assigned to USS Constitution, shakes hands with spectators during the 111th annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

Yeoman 2nd Class Daniel Damato, assigned to USS Constitution, shakes h...

BOSTON (Mar. 18, 2012) Yeoman 2nd Class Daniel Damato, assigned to USS Constitution, shakes hands with spectators during the 111th annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Spectators lined the three-mile parade route t... More

A front view of the lines taken from the advanced post near Browns house

A front view of the lines taken from the advanced post near Browns hou...

Print shows two cheval-de-frise and two buildings in the middle distance. Title from item. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, by Joseph F.W. Des Barres, .... More

Boston from Willis Creek / Wm. Pierre delin.

Boston from Willis Creek / Wm. Pierre delin.

Print shows distant view of Boston from across river. Title from item. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, by Joseph F.W. Des Barres, .... London : 1777-17... More

A view of the harbour of Boston taken from Fort Hill

A view of the harbour of Boston taken from Fort Hill

Print shows tents and wooden fence in foreground and Boston Harbor in the background. Title from item. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, by Joseph F.W. D... More

Commodore Hopkins, commander in chief of the American Fleet, British Cartoon Print

Commodore Hopkins, commander in chief of the American Fleet, British C...

Print shows Esek Hopkins, three-quarter length portrait, wearing uniform, standing, facing front, with sword drawn during naval engagement; ships in background display "Dont tread upon me" and "Liberty Tree - A... More

[Views from offshore of the New England coastline and islands at the entrance to Boston Harbor]

[Views from offshore of the New England coastline and islands at the e...

Prints show distant views of Castle Island and Governor's Island in Boston Harbor, hills along the southeast coast of Maine, and the entrance to Boston Harbor. Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: The Atl... More

New York, with the entrance of the North and East rivers

New York, with the entrance of the North and East rivers

Print shows distant view of New York City at the confluence of the North and East rivers. Title from item. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, by Joseph F.... More

[Views of the coastline of New York, Long Island, Staten Island, and the lighthouse on Sandy Hook, New Jersey]

[Views of the coastline of New York, Long Island, Staten Island, and t...

Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, by Joseph F.W. Des Barres, .... London : 1777-1781. This record contains unverified, ol... More

Capt. Michael Gordon, receives from Chairman of Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, Gordon Thomson, a copy of the local newspaper from April 1778.

Capt. Michael Gordon, receives from Chairman of Whitehaven Harbour Com...

Whitehaven, Cumbria, United Kingdom (Jun. 26, 2005) Commanding Officer, Defense Contracts Management Agency (DCMA), Capt. Michael Gordon, receives from Chairman of Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, Gordon Thoms... More

Gunner's Mate Seaman Apprentice Noah Ogun, front, participates in a firing squad during a burial at sea aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Gunner's Mate Seaman Apprentice Noah Ogun, front, participates in a fi...

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (May. 11, 2018) Gunner's Mate Seaman Apprentice Noah Ogun, front, participates in a firing squad during a burial at sea aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (... More

Commodore Hopkins - commandeur en chef der Amerj: flotte

Commodore Hopkins - commandeur en chef der Amerj: flotte

Print shows Esek Hopkins, three-quarter length portrait, wearing uniform, standing, facing front, with sword drawn during naval engagement. Title from item. Illus. in: Geschichte der kriege in und ausser Europa... More

Robert Rogers - commandeur der Americaner

Robert Rogers - commandeur der Americaner

Print shows Robert Rogers, half-length portrait, wearing military uniform, standing, facing slightly left, with musket nestled in crook of left elbow, and Native American standing in the background. Title from ... More

A view of Boston

A view of Boston

Print shows ships in Boston Harbor, with distant view of the city. Title from item. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, by Joseph F.W. Des Barres, .... Lon... More

Naval Oceanographic Office surveyors John Suslavage and David Small prepare to launch autonomous underwater vehicle, REMUS 600

Naval Oceanographic Office surveyors John Suslavage and David Small pr...

NORTH SEA (Sep. 17, 2010) Naval Oceanographic Office surveyors John Suslavage and David Small prepare to launch autonomous underwater vehicle, REMUS 600 aboard the Military Sealift Command oceanographic survey ... More

Father of the U.S. Navy, John Paul Jones, is entombed at the U.S. Naval Academy and is guarded by Midshipman 24-hours a day, three hundred sixty five days a year.

Father of the U.S. Navy, John Paul Jones, is entombed at the U.S. Nava...

Annapolis, Md. (May. 27, 2005) Father of the U.S. Navy, John Paul Jones, is entombed at the U.S. Naval Academy and is guarded by Midshipman 24-hours a day, three hundred sixty five days a year. Jones is forever... More

[Egmont harbor - a distant view, Prince Edward Island]

[Egmont harbor - a distant view, Prince Edward Island]

Print showing a distant view of Egmont Harbor, Prince Edward Island, from chart of Egmont Harbor. Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Grea... More

Lt. Cmdr. Matt Wells , Culinary Specialist 1st Class Emmanuel Torquido, and Machinist Mate Fireman Denis Lipatnikov make the first cut into a cake.

Lt. Cmdr. Matt Wells , Culinary Specialist 1st Class Emmanuel Torquido...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sep. 23, 2008) Lt. Cmdr. Matt Wells, left, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Emmanuel Torquido, and Machinist Mate Fireman Denis Lipatnikov make the first cut into a cake during a ceremony commemorat... More

Robert [i.e., Esek] Hopkins, Esqr., commodore of the American sea forces

Robert [i.e., Esek] Hopkins, Esqr., commodore of the American sea forc...

Print shows Esek Hopkins, full-length portrait, wearing military uniform, holding sword at left side, two pistols in his belt. He is standing on shore, pointing to his left, with ships in the background. Title ... More

[Views from offshore of islands in the Bay of Fundy and the entrance to the Saint John River on the mainland]

[Views from offshore of islands in the Bay of Fundy and the entrance t...

Prints show distant views of The Wolves, a cluster of islands off New Brunswick in the Bay of Fundy, Grand Manan Island, and the entrance to the Saint John River, with ships passing in the foreground. Title dev... More

The north point of Grandmanan Island in the Bay Fundy bearing E.N.E. distant two leagues

The north point of Grandmanan Island in the Bay Fundy bearing E.N.E. d...

Print shows ships passing cliffs at the north point of Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. Title from item. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, by Joseph F.... More

Light house S.W.b.S. 1 mile distant

Light house S.W.b.S. 1 mile distant

Print is oval insert on a chart of Halifax Harbor showing the lighthouse at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Title from item. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, by J... More

View of Port George taken from the top of Binney Isle

View of Port George taken from the top of Binney Isle

Print showing a distant view of the harbor, with trees in the foreground, at Port George, Nova Scotia. Title from item. Illus. in: The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain,... More

Commodore Hopkins / R. Pollard sc.

Commodore Hopkins / R. Pollard sc.

Print shows Esek Hopkins, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, wearing military uniform, in oval. Title from item. Engraved for Murray's History of the American War. Illus. in: An impartial history of the ... More

Charles Willson Peale - Catherine "Kitty" Floyd, bust portrait miniature, facing slightly right

Charles Willson Peale - Catherine "Kitty" Floyd, bust portrait miniatu...

Gold-cased oval portrait miniature in velvet-lined container. Presented to the Library of Congress on June 15, 1977, by Rear Admiral Schuyler N. Pyne, U.S.N. Retired, of Annapolis, Md., a descendant of Catherine Floyd.

A British sailor offering a sword to an unarmed Spanish officer to defend himself, at the attack of Fort Omoa, which was taken by escalade, on the 20 of Octr. 1779, under the command of Captn. Dalrymmple and Commodore Lutterell / Hamilton delin. ; Thornton sculp.

A British sailor offering a sword to an unarmed Spanish officer to def...

Title from item. Engraved for Barnard's New complete & authentic history of England. Illus. in: The new, comprehensive and complete history of England : ... / By Edward Barnard, esq., assisted by ... Mr. Millar... More

By George Clinton. Governor of the State of New York. General, and commander in chief of all the militia, and admiral of the Navy of the same. A proclamation. Whereas a proclamation of the President of the United States of America, dated the twe

By George Clinton. Governor of the State of New York. General, and com...

On recto, Copy 2: Duplicate. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. 2 duplicate copies Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 1... More

The caneing in Conduit Street. Dedicated to the flag officers of the British Navy, British Cartoon Print

The caneing in Conduit Street. Dedicated to the flag officers of the B...

Caricature showing a stout naval officer attacked by Lord Camelford, who says, "Give me satisfction, rascal! Draw your sword..." Captain Vancouver replies, "Murder! Murder! ..." The print may reflect the growin... More

His excellency George Washington lieut. genl. of the armies of the United States of America F. Bartoli pinx. ; J. Galland sculp

His excellency George Washington lieut. genl. of the armies of the Uni...

Print shows George Washington, half-length portrait, seated, facing right, wearing military uniform; he is holding his sword with his right arm, which is resting on the arm of a chair, and is holding a paper in... More

USS Constitution gets underway for her first turnaround cruise of 2012.

USS Constitution gets underway for her first turnaround cruise of 2012...

BOSTON HARBOR (Jun. 04, 2012) USS Constitution gets underway for her first turnaround cruise of 2012. The underway commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and recognized members of the Wounded... More

His excellency George Washington lieut. genl. of the armies of the United States of America F. Bartoli pinx. ; J. Galland sculp

His excellency George Washington lieut. genl. of the armies of the Uni...

Print shows George Washington, half-length portrait, seated, facing right, wearing military uniform; he is holding his sword with his right arm, which is resting on the arm of a chair, and is holding a paper in... More

To Sinai via the desert. Statue of Waghorn at Port Tewfik

To Sinai via the desert. Statue of Waghorn at Port Tewfik

Title from: Catalogue of photographs & lantern slides ... [1936?]. Caption on negative: [Sta]tue of Waghorn at Port Tewfik. Date from Matson LOT cards. Photograph taken from Sinai's western coast on the Gulf of... More

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remarks during the dedication ceremony for Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, the Humphreys Building, Building 197, at the Washington Navy Yard.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remark...

WASHINGTON (Apr. 20, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remarks during the dedication ceremony for Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, the Humphreys Building, Building 197... More

United States Archivist David Ferriero, right, looks at paintings in the USS Constitution Museum depicting traditional roles of Sailors and Marines from the 19th century.

United States Archivist David Ferriero, right, looks at paintings in t...

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Oct. 13, 2010) United States Archivist David Ferriero, right, looks at paintings in the USS Constitution Museum depicting traditional roles of Sailors and Marines from the 19th century. (U.S... More

An archaeological team from the Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard, prepares to store a section of a late 19th century Howell torpedo in a desalination bin.

An archaeological team from the Naval History and Heritage Command at ...

WASHINGTON (May. 30, 2013) An archaeological team from the Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard, prepares to store a section of a late 19th century Howell torpedo in a desalination bin... More

To Commodore Sir Peter Parker... a birds eye view from part of Mount Pleafant...

To Commodore Sir Peter Parker... a birds eye view from part of Mount P...

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Faden, William.

U.S.S. Somers - Print, Library of Congress collection

U.S.S. Somers - Print, Library of Congress collection

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Ashley.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remarks during the dedication ceremony for Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, the Humphreys Building, Building 197, at the Washington Navy Yard.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remark...

WASHINGTON (Apr. 20, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remarks during the dedication ceremony for Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, the Humphreys Building, Building 197... More

U.S. Iron clad steamer, New Ironsides

U.S. Iron clad steamer, New Ironsides

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Rease, W.H.

Hon. Gideon Welles. Secretary of the Navy

Hon. Gideon Welles. Secretary of the Navy

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Putnam, G.

An F/A-18F assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 213 lands at Van Voorhis Airfield at Naval Air Station Fallon during the final phase of training for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8.

An F/A-18F assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 213 lands at Van ...

FALLON, Nev. (Dec. 07, 2010) An F/A-18F assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 213 lands at Van Voorhis Airfield at Naval Air Station Fallon during the final phase of training for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 be... More

Chief petty officer (CPO) selectees dress off in formation while preparing for marching drills next to the U.S. Navy�s sail ship USS Constitution.

Chief petty officer (CPO) selectees dress off in formation while prepa...

Boston, Mass. (Sep. 01, 2004) Chief petty officer (CPO) selectees dress off in formation while preparing for marching drills next to the U.S. Navys sail ship USS Constitution. The CPO selects learned about the... More

U.S.S. Wichita - Print, Library of Congress collection

U.S.S. Wichita - Print, Library of Congress collection

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Ashley.

A prospect of Port Antonio, and town of Titchfield, in parish of Portland, on the North side Jamaica, taken from Navy island

A prospect of Port Antonio, and town of Titchfield, in parish of Portl...

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Jamaica.

In Senate of the United States, April 26th, 1802. The Committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled "An act making an appropriation for the support of the navy of the United States for the year one thousand eight hundred and two," having con

In Senate of the United States, April 26th, 1802. The Committee to who...

Imprint 2. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 226, Folder 40.

A perspective view of the loss of the U.S. frigate Philadelphia in which is represented her relative position to the Tripolitan gunboats ...

A perspective view of the loss of the U.S. frigate Philadelphia in whi...

Photograph shows Tripolitan gun boats firing on the U.S.S. Philadelphia and during the Tripolitan Wars, 1803. Title from item. Original engraving by Charles Denoon not in LC collection, which has only a blac... More

Members of the 1804 Concord Independent Battery render honors as the future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) arrives in Boston, Mass.

Members of the 1804 Concord Independent Battery render honors as the f...

BOSTON (Nov. 26, 2018) Members of the 1804 Concord Independent Battery render honors as the future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) arrives in Boston, Mass. Thomas Hudner... More

The official party for the christening ceremony of United States Naval Ship (USNS), Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), pause for a photograph at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO).

The official party for the christening ceremony of United States Naval...

San Diego, Calif., (May. 21, 2005) The official party for the christening ceremony of United States Naval Ship (USNS), Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), pause for a photograph at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co... More

[Scene with windmill on right, Brooklyn Navy Yard to left]

[Scene with windmill on right, Brooklyn Navy Yard to left]

(DLC/PP-1995:140.256) Philadelphia Print Shop Inventory no. 256. Title from item. Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection (Library of Congress).

Tuesday, September 21st, (noon.) Most glorious news. Copy of a letter from Com. Perry to the Secretary of the Navy. U. S. Brig. Niagara, off the Western Sister, Head of Lake Erie, Sept. 10, 1813, 4 P. M. [Washington 1813].

Tuesday, September 21st, (noon.) Most glorious news. Copy of a letter ...

Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 190, Folder 26.

United States & Macedonian

United States & Macedonian

Preliminary drawing for an oil painting showing the sea battle between the USS United States, under the command of Stephen Decatur, and HMS Macedonian off the coast of Maderia on October 25, 1812. Title from it... More

A complete list of the American navy. showing the name, number of guns, commander's name, and station of each vessel, to October, 1813- Including those on the lakes. [1813].

A complete list of the American navy. showing the name, number of guns...

Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 228, Folder 18.

Cash in hand, occassioned by the capture of the British Packet Swallow. by Commodore Rodgers, with 260,000 dollars, in gold and silver on board. Boston printed by Nathaniel Coverly, Jun. Corner Theatre-Alley [1813].

Cash in hand, occassioned by the capture of the British Packet Swallow...

Positive Photostat.; War of 1812 ballad.; Verse. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 5... More

Commodore Rodgers, arrived! Boston Gazette-office. Monday morning 9 o'clock. More agreeable news. We have the pleasure of announcing that Com. Rodgers after a cruise of five months, has arrived at Newport, having taken, destroyed and ransomed 27

Commodore Rodgers, arrived! Boston Gazette-office. Monday morning 9 o'...

Imprint 2.; Title. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 50, Folder 4.

James Lawrence Esqr. late of the United States Navy / Stuart pinxt ; Rollinson sct.

James Lawrence Esqr. late of the United States Navy / Stuart pinxt ; R...

Print shows James Lawrence, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, wearing military uniform. Title from item. Published in the Analectic Magazine, 1813 Dec. The Library has two impressions one mounted on wov... More

Ship United States

Ship United States

Detail drawing showing how the hull of the USS United States, under the command of Stephen Decatur, sails in the water.

[Cuts] A happy new-year to Commodore Rodgers, or, Huzza for the president and Congress. A song composed on the arrival of those frigates in Boston yesterday, (December 31, 1812,) with a good supply of the Ready Rhino [Boston] Printed by N. Cover

[Cuts] A happy new-year to Commodore Rodgers, or, Huzza for the presid...

Positive Photostat.; Verse. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. 2 duplicate copies Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 50,... More

Capture of Washington [Cut] On Wednesday, August 24, there was a severe action at Bladensburgh, six miles from the Capitol. "Baltimore has acquired immortal honor by the brave resistance of Commodore Barney, his sailors and the bold volunteers."

Capture of Washington [Cut] On Wednesday, August 24, there was a sever...

Positive Photostat.; Verse.; War of 1812- Ballads. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. 2 duplicate copies Printed Ephemera Co... More

John Wesley Jarvis - Thomas MacDonough U.S.N.

John Wesley Jarvis - Thomas MacDonough U.S.N.

Print shows Commodore Thomas MacDonough, half-length portrait in uniform. Title from item. Engraving by J.B. Forrest from the original by J.W. Jarvis. Illustrated in: The national portrait gallery of distinguis... More

The troops disembarking to attack Fort Oswego, under the command of Genl. Drummond and Sir T. Yeo, Lake Ontario, May the 6th 1814 / / By Capt. Steele. 2d. Battn. Royal Marines

The troops disembarking to attack Fort Oswego, under the command of Ge...

Seascape drawing shows British sailors leaving their ships and rowing toward Fort Oswego on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. The 2nd battalion of the Royal Marines, under Lieutenant General Sir George Gordo... More

Seaman Andrew Fonticiella, assigned to USS Constitution, shows off an 1814-style cutlass to a student at Haughton Middle school during Bossier City-Shreveport Navy Week.

Seaman Andrew Fonticiella, assigned to USS Constitution, shows off an ...

HAUGHTON, La. (Apr. 29, 2015) Seaman Andrew Fonticiella, assigned to USS Constitution, shows off an 1814-style cutlass to a student at Haughton Middle school during Bossier City-Shreveport Navy Week. Navy Weeks... More

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution fire a round from the ship's saluting battery.

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution fire a round from the ship's salu...

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Feb. 20, 2015) Sailors assigned to USS Constitution fire a round from the ship's saluting battery to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of Old Ironsides' dual victory against the Royal... More

Enterprise and Boxer. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Enterprise and Boxer. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Print shows the American warship Enterprise engaged in battle with HMS Boxer. In decorative border with anchors, American flags, ship rigging, an eagle, and cameo portraits of two ships. Title from item.

This representation of the battle on Lake Erie is respectfully inscribed to Commodore Perry, his officers and gallant crews, by their humble servant James Webster - second view / drawn by Sully and Kearney ; etched by C. Tiebout ; & engraved by G. Murray ; printed by Rogers and Esler.

This representation of the battle on Lake Erie is respectfully inscrib...

Print shows many ships from the stern engaged in battle on Lake Erie. Title from item. Entered according to Act of Congress the 26 July 1815 by Murray, Draper, Fairman & Co., and J. Webster of the State of Pennsylvania.

Constitution's escape from the British squadron after a chase of sixty hours / M. Cornè p. ; W. Hoogland sc.

Constitution's escape from the British squadron after a chase of sixty...

Print shows rowboats towing the USS Constitution away from the British fleet as the British frigate Belvidera fires it's cannons. In the background, rowboats tow the British frigate Shannon. Other ships in the ... More

[Napoleon I boards the Bellerophon to surrender] / Baugean delt. & sculpt.

[Napoleon I boards the Bellerophon to surrender] / Baugean delt. & scu...

Print shows a view of the HMS Bellerophon from the aft with a rowboat drawn along the starboard side and Napoleon I climbing stairs to board the ship in order to surrender to the British and Captain Frederick L... More

First view of Com. Perry's victory / M. Cornè ; W.B. Annin sc.

First view of Com. Perry's victory / M. Cornè ; W.B. Annin sc.

Print shows American warships under the command of Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry, firing on British warships during the Battle of Lake Erie. Title from item. Printed above image: Engraved for the Naval Monument. ... More

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