I think it safe to say that one thing almost everyone who comes by USNIBlog shares is a deep and abiding love and respect for our maritime heritage and the exceptional record history made by those who came before us.

Without its history, a organization is ungrounded and without a baseline to reference. In that light, what are we to make from paragraph 2 of the Navy IG’s Command Inspection report from AUG 11 (you can get the entire document here) ?

Three core mission areas are at risk in the future because of facilities challenges, command practices and resource constraints. … the perceived quality of work life at NAVHISTHERITAGECOM is the worst we have observed since NAVINSGEN began collecting such data in January 2006.

Give it a good read.

What is going on? An internal battle over the direction of an organization that has leaked in to a Command Inspection, or is something this important broken?

Posted by CDRSalamander in History

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  • Brian

    Interesting. An observation I’ll add. I got the email from big Navy promoting the bicentenial of the War of 1812. I’m a reservists and sent a direct email to two POCs on the official US Navy bicentenial website asking if they had a presentation that I as a reservists could give to local service clubs (Rotaries, Lions Clubs, etc). I figured they either already had something in hand or certainly have the resources to do a more professional job than a standard cut and past powerpoint. I even sent it from my navy.mil account hoping they would see this was a legitamate request. I have yet to hear back from anyone. There are a bunch of reservists like me who could get the word out far and wide. Still trying to crack this nut.

  • I’m but a lowly, know-nothing ensign, but is that a “V” I see printed on that hatch? Did the Navy used to have a “Victor” level of material readiness condition?

    I tried to search on google, but turned up nothing. I was hoping one of you more salty gents could answer my question.

  • David K Brown

    One thing I did notice, in all the folderol about the Navy being broken, we can still produce the most damning reports whether they’re from IGs, INSURVs, Post-deployment Briefs, MISHAPS, or NPEBs.

    How can we harness that level of excellence and spread it around in the right places?


  • Chris H.


    VICTOR was a material condition of readiness level in existence prior to WWII.

    Per General Specifications, Appendix 10, “Nomenclature of Decks, Numbering Watertight Compartments, Labeling (edition of May 1936)”

    “V=Closed at all times during wartime cruising.”

    I’m not certain when VICTOR was phased out, although it brings to mind the MOD ZEBRA condition currently in use.

    – Chris

  • John Nugent

    Dear Brian,
    I just came across your post regarding presentations for the commemoration of the War of 1812. You should not cut yourself short as to what you can do, if YOU, decide you want to do something about it. You may have to do some research and homework on your own, and tell our naval history story as the “Old Salts” used to before academic historians wrote about a history. A presentation does not always have to be slick technology to be effective. If you would like some background and thoughts on what my wife and I have been doing, please contact me. In the last 24 years, my wife and I are approaching 2 million people we have reached with Navy/Marine Corps heritage and history exhibits, ranging from John Paul Jones through Power Projection for the Sea Today. I have been involved with doing the history and heritage outreach from 1967 as a model maker/speaker on a SeaBee traveling exhibit unit covering the eastern half of the United States through today. I will be glad to share my background and knowledge with anyone who wants to support our Navy, whether active duty, retired, reservist, or “retarded” as I am…for I never learned the meaning of the acronym “NAVY”-(Never Again Volunteer Yourself). Please contact me.

    John Nugent, BM1(DV)USN(Ret.), Honorary CPO

  • Hi Brian, I’m writing from the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. We’d be happy to help you out. Two of our staff members have developed programs-one overview of Naval Operations during the War of 1812, and the other one specifically on the Battle of Craney Island. The Naval Ops one was given to Carrier Strike Group Two and they enjoyed it.

    If you’re near Norfolk, come and see us. Otherwise, go on our website http://www.hrnm.navy.mil, contact us and we’ll take it from there.