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7 December 1983, 40 years ago today: Marines stand in the ceremonial at ease position on the flight deck of the conventi...
12/07/2023

7 December 1983, 40 years ago today: Marines stand in the ceremonial at ease position on the flight deck of the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) awaiting the arrival of the body of LT Mark Adam Lange aboard a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter. LT Lange was killed when his Grumman A-6 Intruder was shot down during a bombing raid over Lebanon. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-SN-85-00707

5 December 1968, 55 years ago today: The Essex-class antisubmarine warfare support carrier USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) is see...
12/06/2023

5 December 1968, 55 years ago today: The Essex-class antisubmarine warfare support carrier USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) is seen underway in the Pacific Ocean with aircraft of Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group Fifty-Three (CVSG-53) on her flight deck.

U.S. Navy photo # KN-18336

12/05/2023

F-14A Tomcats of VF-301, a Naval Air Reserve squadron, in flight over the Pacific Ocean off San Diego, CA, in 1986.

4 December 1978, 45 years ago today: The Royal Navy Audacious-class aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (R09) makes her way u...
12/04/2023

4 December 1978, 45 years ago today: The Royal Navy Audacious-class aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (R09) makes her way up Plymouth Sound towards HMNB Devonport where she would be decommissioned the following year. She was the Royal Navy's last remaining conventional catapult and arrested-landing aircraft carrier. She was the world's first carrier to be constructed with an angled flight deck and the only non-United States vessel to operate the McDonnell Douglas Phantom II at sea.

(24 Dec 1978) In the grey light of dawn the Aircraft Carrier "Ark Royal" slowly made her way up Plymouth Sound to Devonport, at the end of her commission. Th...

12/03/2023

in 1945, FADM Ernest King issued his final report on Navy operations during WWII. He credited victory in the Pacific to overwhelming seapower and America's industrial might. He used this graph to illustrate the annihilation of Japan's Navy as the US Navy grew from 1941 to 1945.

12/02/2023

When U.S. Navy planes were sent to intercept Tu-95 Bears during the Cold War, the Soviet crews often requested that the American aviators switch to a frequency so they could talk. In addition to asking how much the Americans were paid, the Soviets wanted to know if it was true that U.S. aircraft carriers had no women aboard. The Soviets could not believe that 5,000 men went to sea for months at a time without women.

2 December 2003, 20 years ago today: The conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-...
12/02/2023

2 December 2003, 20 years ago today: The conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64), seen here underway in a photograph from the late 1960s, was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 98609

12/01/2023

in 1906 during the Army-Navy football game, the unofficial song of the U.S. Navy "Anchors Aweigh" was performed for the first time. The popular verse with the line "Through our last night on shore, drink to the foam" was added in 1926.

12/01/2023

12/01/2023

1 December 1958 [NARA date], 65 years ago today: Seventh Fleet change of command ceremony takes place on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy attack aircraft carrier (CVA-41) enroute to the Philippines. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA Shot List (corrections and annotations made where needed:)
1) MS [Piasecki] HUP2 [Retriever] helicopter approaches for landing aboard the MIDWAY with VADM. [Frederick Norman] KIVETTE; flight deck personnel stands on deck with chocks. G
2) MCU Staff officer greets VADM. KIVETTE; two officers walk up flight deck.
3) MCU VADM. KIVETTE walks through ranks of side boys and is greeted by RADM. [John Edward] CLARK; helicopter arrives on flight deck with VADM. [Wallace Morris] BEAKLEY; helicopter touches down (SV). G
4) MCU VADM. BEAKLEY shakes hands with several officers and RADM. CLARK. G
5) CU VADM. BEAKLEY inspects Marine Honor Guard (SV); same walks up flight up flight deck with KIVETTE; BEAKLEY stands before rostrum adressing crew aboard the MIDWAY (CVA-41) (SV). G
6) LA CU VADM. BEAKLEY and other officers on the rostum salute during the lowering of BEAKLEY's flag. G
7) MS VADM. KIVETTE adresses crew from the rostrum (different angles). G
8 ) MCU BEAKLEY adresses crew in front of the microphone; he walks away holding his flag. G
9) CU BEAKLEY, CLARK and KIVETTE walk past the island. G
10) HA MCU Admirals walk down to the catwalk toward Admiral's cabin. G
11) MS The ship's band plays on the flight deck. G
12) CU VADM. BEAKLEY'S [Grumman] TF-1 Trader sits on the flight (with threestars on the side) deck. VG
13) ECU TF-1's engine is turned up. VG
14) MS TF-1 takes off on deck launch; PAN right: Aircraft is airborne off the deck. G
15) CU VADM. KIVETTE and RADM. CLARK walk up the flight deck; they salute while standing at attention on flight deck. G
16) MS VADM. KIVETTE inspects Marine Honor Guard with Marine officer. (SV). G
17) MCU Side boys stand at attention as VADM. KIVETTE passes through on parting from the MIDWAY. G
18) MS KIVETTE walks to the helicopter with a Mae West; he boards same. G
19) CU VADM. KIVETTE sits in co-pilots' seat in the helicopter with his Mae West on.
20) MCU Helicopter takes off from flight deck with KIVETTE after ceremonies. G
21) CU RADM. CLARK converses with officers on the flight deck; CLARK leaves the group as they salute. G
22) MS Marine Honor guard stands at parade rest and come to attention; same at present arms (SV). G
23) LA MS VADM. KIVETTE's flag is raised on the halyards. F
24) MS CA underway. G to F
25) LA CU Stack of USS MIDWAY with letters 41. G

CA = ?
CU = Close Up
F = Fair (footage quality)
G = Good (footage quality)
HA = High Angle
LA = Low Angle
MCU = Medium Close Up
MS = Medium Shot
SV = ?

Wallace M. Beakley served as Commanding Officer of USS Midway from 8 August 1949 to 1 July 1950.
Frederick N. Kivette served as Commanding Officer of USS Midway from 1 July 1950 to 8 March 1951.

NARA 428-NPC-23439

30 November 1943, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken of Chaplain Joseph T. O'Callahan (right) and CDR H. C. D...
11/30/2023

30 November 1943, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken of Chaplain Joseph T. O'Callahan (right) and CDR H. C. Doan, Commanding Officer of the Barnegat-class seaplane tender USS Rockaway (AVP-29) aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4). O'Callahan would later receive the Medal of Honor for his heroism aboard the heavily damaged Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) in March of 1945.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-391606

11/29/2023
29 November 1943, 80 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier   (CV-12) was commissioned with Captain Miles M. ...
11/29/2023

29 November 1943, 80 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier (CV-12) was commissioned with Captain Miles M. Browning in command.

Hornet is now a museum ship in Alameda, California.

U.S. Navy photo from Hornet's 1943-'45 cruise book

11/29/2023

The Navy issued the first contract for the F8F Bearcat in 1943. The speedy propeller-driven fighter arrived too late to serve in World War II and was quickly overtaken by jet aircraft. This image shows an F8F-1 Bearcat of VF-16A on the flight deck of USS Tarawa (CV 40) operating off Southern California in 1948.

Hooray for libraries! :)Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake, 1970s.
11/28/2023

Hooray for libraries! :)

Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake, 1970s.

26 November 2003, 20 years ago today: CAPT Thomas A. Parker, Commanding Officer of the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy ...
11/26/2023

26 November 2003, 20 years ago today: CAPT Thomas A. Parker, Commanding Officer of the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), speaks to local media after mooring pierside during a port visit to Apra Harbor, Guam. At the time, Kitty Hawk was America's oldest active warship and the world's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

U.S. Navy photo # 031126-N-3614M-001 by Photographer’s Airman Nicolas Melchor

11/26/2023

in 1961, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was commissioned at Newport News, Virginia as the world's first nuclear aircraft carrier.

📢Share your memories from your time on the Big "E" in the comments!

📸: Image of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) signed by Captain Vincent P. de Poix, first commanding officer

11/25/2023

in 1943, reveille sounded for all hands on board USS Liscome Bay (CVE 56) at the normal time of 0430. Just 35 minutes later, the general quarters alarm would sound because of a suspicious radar return on the accompanying battleship USS New Mexico (BB 40) and within five minutes of the alarm, a torpedo from the Japanese submarine I-175 would slam into Liscome Bay, abaft of the after engine room, causing the ship to sink at 5:13 a.m.

Although 272 of the crew were rescued, the ship lost 646 Sailors, included Navy Cross Recipient Cook 3rd Class Doris “Dorie” Miller. This photo, from Miller’s official military personnel file at the US National Archives, is of the telegram Miller’s parents received informing them of his missing in action.

The loss of Miller rocked the African-American community who lauded him as one of the greatest heroes of World War II, naming multiple buildings and schools after him. The U.S. Navy has since named two ships after him – USS Miller (DE/FF 1091) and the upcoming CVN 81, the first aircraft carrier named for an enlisted Sailor and the first named for an African American.

24 November 1943, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken from the Independence-class light carrier USS Monterey (...
11/24/2023

24 November 1943, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken from the Independence-class light carrier USS Monterey (CVL-26) of the Yorktown-class aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) underway while supporting the Gilberts Operation.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-366884

23 November 1972, 51 years ago today:   is served aboard the       (CV-41). Though deployed in the western   for combat ...
11/23/2023

23 November 1972, 51 years ago today: is served aboard the (CV-41). Though deployed in the western for combat operations on that day, this would be the last time the ship would celebrate Thanksgiving with NAS Alameda ( ) as her home port before becoming America's first forward-deployed carrier in Yokosuka, Japan late the following year.

The (including the Research Library) will be closed on and reopen on Friday. We wish all of you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

22 November 1963, 60 years ago today: The U.S. Navy antisubmarine aircraft carrier USS Essex (CVS-9) is seen underway al...
11/22/2023

22 November 1963, 60 years ago today: The U.S. Navy antisubmarine aircraft carrier USS Essex (CVS-9) is seen underway alongside the Pakistani frigate Tughril (261) for the transfer of ADM James S. Russell during MIDLINK VI in the Arabian Sea, a Central Treaty Organization (CENTO) maritime exercise in ASW operations, mine countermeasures, and other air and surface activities. The exercise was subsequently cancelled due to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy that same day.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.242.046

20 November 1983, 40 years ago today: This bow view was taken of the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft car...
11/20/2023

20 November 1983, 40 years ago today: This bow view was taken of the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-SC-88-02015

And the former   aviator was born 100 years ago  .
11/19/2023

And the former aviator was born 100 years ago .

60 Years Ago: Alan Shepard Becomes the First American in Space

11/19/2023
11/17/2023

in 1983, the destroyer USS Fife (DD-991) was slightly damaged in a collision with a Soviet frigate that was attempting to approach USS Ranger (CV-61) in the Arabian Sea. The captain of the Razyaschy claimed he signaled that his ship's steering had failed, but the U.S. Navy stated it was a common excuse used by the Soviets to get close to other vessels.

17 November 2003, 20 years ago today: Blue Shirts assigned to the V-1 Division aboard the conventionally-powered U.S. Na...
11/17/2023

17 November 2003, 20 years ago today: Blue Shirts assigned to the V-1 Division aboard the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) view flight operations from “Vulture’s Row.” New flight deck personnel are required to view flight operations for three days before they can work on the flight deck. Kennedy was conducting Carrier Qualifications in the Cherry Point operating area.

U.S. Navy photo # 031117-N-8704K-006 by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Joshua Karsten

14 November 2003, 20 years ago today: Aboard the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (...
11/14/2023

14 November 2003, 20 years ago today: Aboard the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), Signalman 3rd Class Ian Leimbach from Seattle, Washington, waves in the Military Sealift Command (MSC)'s Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198), before a replenishment at sea to take on fuel. Kennedy was conducting carrier qualifications in the Cherry Point operating area, following a $300 million maintenance period in her homeport of Mayport, Florida. The overhaul included a major renovation of berthing compartments, and new navigational radar system.

U.S. Navy photo # 031114-N-4190W-003 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Christian Weibull

12 November 1943, 80 years ago today: This aerial starboard view was taken of the Essex-class aircraft carrier   (CV-16)...
11/12/2023

12 November 1943, 80 years ago today: This aerial starboard view was taken of the Essex-class aircraft carrier (CV-16) probably underway from Pearl Harbor, Hawai'i, in preparation for the Gilbert Islands operation.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-268028 by M. Hansen

Happy   2023!This infographic was created by Annalisa Underwood for the U.S. Navy to commemorate the service and sacrifi...
11/11/2023

Happy 2023!

This infographic was created by Annalisa Underwood for the U.S. Navy to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who chose, and those who continue to choose, to wear the cloth of the nation.

U.S. Navy photo illustration # 151106-N-HI816-001

... and this one, too!
11/10/2023

... and this one, too!

We especially like this one!  ;)
11/10/2023

We especially like this one! ;)

11/10/2023
9 November 1943, 80 years ago today: Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, General Robert C. Richardson Jr. (Commander U...
11/09/2023

9 November 1943, 80 years ago today: Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, General Robert C. Richardson Jr. (Commander U.S. Army, Pacific (Hawaiian Department)), and Admiral Raymond Spruance visit the Harris-class attack transport USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) during an inspection tour of ships anchored off Hawaii.

CriticalPast is an archive of historic footage. The vintage footage in this video has been uploaded for research purposes, and is presented in unedited form....

11/08/2023

106 years ago today, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Earl W. Spencer Jr. became the commanding officer of the first permanent naval air station for training, known today as Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, CA.⚡

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11/08/2023

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Firefighters have been battling a massive fire at the former Marine Corps Air Station Tustin in Orange County Tuesday morning.

6 November 1958, 65 years ago today: The Essex-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) support carrier USS Valley Forge (CVS-...
11/06/2023

6 November 1958, 65 years ago today: The Essex-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) support carrier USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) is photographed steaming in formation with Destroyer Squadron 36, during ASW exercises of the Atlantic Fleet's Task Group ALFA. The destroyers are (from top): USS Basilone (DDE-824, Epperson-class); USS Damato (DDE-871, Gearing-class); USS Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847, Gearing-class); USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864, Gearing-class); USS Holder (DDE-819, Gearing-class) and USS New (DDE-818, Gearing-class).

U.S. Navy photo # USN 1039147

5 November 1943, 80 years ago today: U.S. Navy aircrewmen Alva Parker (ARM1), wounded during a raid on Rabaul, New Briti...
11/05/2023

5 November 1943, 80 years ago today: U.S. Navy aircrewmen Alva Parker (ARM1), wounded during a raid on Rabaul, New Britian, and who suffered shrapnel wounds in neck and shoulders, is helped from his Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber on board the Lexington-class aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3).

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-470918

11/05/2023

Chief Engineer Ed Heinemann led the design teams that produced every U.S. Navy aircraft built by Douglas including such legendary airplanes as the A4D Skyhawk, F4D Skyray and Mach-2 D-558-2 Skyrocket. Here is the A3D Skywarrior, a Cold War-era attack bomber, the world’s largest and heaviest operational carrier-based aircraft.

4 November 1948, 75 years ago today: This aerial photograph was taken of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Tarawa (CV...
11/04/2023

4 November 1948, 75 years ago today: This aerial photograph was taken of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Tarawa (CV-40) at Tsingtao, China, to observe events there during the Chinese civil war. Light cruiser in background is the modified Atlanta-class USS Tucson (CL-98).

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-411364

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