First landing on the Navy's first aircraft carrier!

On 26 October 1922, Lieutenant Commander Godfrey de Chevalier, USN, flew his Aeromarine 39-B on to the flight deck of the United States Navy’s first aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV-1), while cruising off Cape Henry, Virginia. Chevalier had launched from the Navy’s Yorktown Naval Aviation Field at Yorktown, Virginia (more on Yorktown Airfield). History was […]

Victory at Sea, 25 October 1812

One hundred and ninety-eight years ago, the young United States Navy gained a victory at sea against the world’s most powerful Navy, when the USS President defeated the HMS Macedonian in a sea battle  west of the Canary Islands. Captain Stephen Decatur used his sailing skills and long-range firing accuracy to destroy Macedonian’s mizzen top […]

Centennial of Naval Aviation

Next year, 2011, will mark the centennial of Naval Aviation in the United States Navy. It will be a year marked by many celebrations and remembrances across the nation of the contribution of men and women who served flying or fixing or servicing the many aircraft of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Stay tuned […]

Veterans of the Fighting Lady video!

Imaging Arts Gallery will exhibit a series of portraits by local portrait photographers, displaying veterans who have served or serve today on the USS Yorktown (CV-10). These veterans are from the World War II through the Vietnam War eras and several different branches of service. The portraits were taken in many different spots on location […]

Victory at Yorktown, 1781

Today marks the two hundred and twenty-ninth anniversary of the American and French defeat of the British Army under Lord General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. Above is the John Trumbull’s oil painting of the surrender, in which Lord Cornwallis declined to appear, but sent his second General O’Hara to offer his sword. Read here for […]

Horace Hunley and His Submarine, October 1863

    One hundred and forty-six years ago today, Horace Hunley was brought up from the depths of Charleston Harbor, not far from the Yorktown’s present location,  along with the 2nd crew of  his new submarine. He was born in Tennessee, but grew up in New Orleans. Trained as a lawyer and a member of […]

Veterans of the Fighting Lady portrait exhibit November 4th and 5th

    Imaging Arts Gallery will exhibit a series of portraits by local portrait photographers, displaying veterans who have served or serve today on the USS Yorktown (CV-10). These veterans are from the World War II through the Vietnam War eras and several different branches of service. The portraits were taken in many different spots […]

Video Thursday! Launch'em…..

Today marks my first Video Thursday! Each week I will save up my favorite videos or most newsworthy ones and post them for your pre-weekend entertainment or edification. First is my favorite this week, courtesy of VFA-195 off the USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63, not the music so much as the awesome airmanship! Let’s pull some […]

United States Navy – 235 Years Proud!

Today marks the 235th birthday of the United States Navy and in its short history has demonstrated the bravery and skill of well-trained and led patriots of the sea. Our Navy’s history is an inspiration to future generations, who will most certainly find themselves in “harms way.” Our Navy’s beginning has a link to Charleston, […]

Remembering the Attack on the USS Cole

On 12 October 2000 while refueling in Aden, Yeman, the USS Cole was attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists.  At 11:18 am Yemeni time a boat believed by sailors to be a garbage scow pulled alongside their ship and detonated a powerful bomb. Seventeen sailors  were killed and thirty-nine were injured in the attack.       […]