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Today is the 116th Birthday of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. Established 1 April 1893 by U.S. Navy Regulation Circular No. 1, dated 13 March 1893, the rank of Chief Petty Officer holds a special place among military ranks. The Chief Petty Officer Creed very effectively tells the story of what it means to be a Chief, and much of it can be summed up with these words from The Creed: “… only in the United States Navy does E-7 carry unique responsibilities no other armed force throughout the world carries, nor which grants privileges to it’s enlisted personnel comparable to the privileges and responsibilities you are now bound to observe and are expected to fulfill.”

A very brief history of the Chief Petty Officer, marking the 100th birthday, is available here.

So, just as we honor our Marine brothers and sisters with a hearty Happy Birthday each November 10th, it is appropriate, and a much-appreciated gesture, to wish every Chief, Senior Chief, and Master Chief a Happy Birthday on April 1st. This is one of the many days in our Navy’s history that should not – but too often does – pass without acknowledgment.

Happy Birthday to every Chief Petty Officer past and present.

Sumatra at sea in English waters, May 1940

Sumatra at sea in English waters, May 1940

If you are a World War II history buff, the Royal Netherlands Navy Warships of World War II is a web site that might be of interest to you.

I stumbled upon this outstanding site while thumbing through the bibliography of Vincent P. O’Hara’s The U.S. Navy Against the Axis.

Royal Netherlands Navy Warships of World War II is the project of Jan Visser, an IT auditor in the Netherlands.

I urge you to check it out. Plenty of photos and ships’ histories about one of our Allies…

Philip Ewing of Navy Times writes in New Command to Promote Navy History:

The Navy has a “culture problem” with its past, the service’s top historian says.

Neither sailors nor leaders have enough appreciation for how useful history could be in their day-to-day decision-making, said retired Rear Adm. Jay DeLoach. But he hopes to change that.

DeLoach said he has big plans for the newly renamed Naval History and Heritage Command, formerly known as the Naval Historical Center, at the Washington Navy Yard. It owns more than 1 million historical artifacts and hundreds of thousands of documents and pieces of art; runs a dozen museums; has control of every sunken Navy ship and aircraft in the world; and even owns two patches of forest from which engineers get the wood to repair the frigate Constitution — which the command also oversees. He wants to put all of those resources to work.

Full article here.

After decades of neglect, hope and change is coming to Naval History. Just needs the $$$$ since decades of neglect can’t be reversed overnight. For pennies on the dollar that is wasted by the bureaucracy, the Navy’s history program could be FIXED!

What advice do you have for the newly renamed Naval History and Heritage Command? How would you fix Naval History?

h/t Sid

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