Profile: The Sextant

History & Heritage of Today’s US Navy

Welcome to the official history and heritage blog of the U.S. Navy! Our mission is to collect, preserve, protect, and present the artifacts, art, and documents that best capture the Navy’s rich history and heritage. To learn more about our command and mission, visit our website here.
Our blog is intended to spark conversation and discussion among our fans. We have more than 240 years of stories about our people, platforms, traditions, operations, and technological advances that will not only give you a glimpse into our past, but also connect you with the current, critical mission of today’s Sailors.

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Final Days of USS Houston

One of the most valiant ships in 240 years of naval history, USS Houston was lost in a battle against overwhelming odds 74 years ago. Commissioned at the beginning of the Great Depression, Houston was a design compromise due to treaty limitations. However her captain and crew never compromised their sense of duty.

Category: Military History

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The Making of the Medal of Honor

Like a ship’s crest, the symbolism behind a physical medal associated with an award in America’s Navy isn’t represented by a single element, but is instead the combination of many extraordinary components.
Together with the multiple actions that combine to make the recipient worthy of recognition, the symbolism of the physical award becomes an integral part the compelling story every medal awarded by the Navy.

Category: Military History

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Honoring the Women Who Serve in the U.S. Navy

In March, we join the nation in celebration of Women’s History Month to commemorating the proud and dedicated service in the U.S. Navy. In 1908, women officially began serving as nurses in the Navy. Yeomanettes or yeomen were added during WWI. During WWII, Congress established the Navy’s Women’s Reserve Program, or WAVES. Today, women serve in every rank from seaman to admiral and in every job from naval aviator to deep-sea diver.
Take a look at some of the outstanding, trailblazing women to wear the Navy uniform. In the reviews, tell us about the women in the Navy who inspire you!

Category: History

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Three Great Names That Go Great With Navy Ships

When many Americans think of the 4th of July, a few words come to mind: Freedom, Independence, America. These words carry a certain weight; they represent power, strength and fortitude. So it’s no wonder why some of the greatest U.S. Navy ships have born these names.

Category: Military History

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Old Glory Continues to Inspire Drama and Intrigue

While many have called the American flag “Old Glory,” few know how that nickname began. Fewer still know about the fight that continues today – 184 years later – over a the original flag that was first called “Old Glory.”

Category: History

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Infamous Words from Failed Battle Inspire Victory

When it comes to memorable flags, they’re not always the Stars and Stripes of the American flag.
Sometimes it can be just a simple piece of cloth with a meaningful message that will be the driving force to victory.

Category: Military History

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