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Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bomber, flying from an offshore aircraft carrier, takes in an eagle eye view of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, three weeks after D-day. March 1945.

(Photo source - Naval History and Heritage Command)

(Colorized by Irootoko Jr. from Japan)

Lieutenant Commander Joseph C. Clifton in flight in a Buffalo (chubby boi) fighter, 2 Aug 1942,

United States Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

The 5"/25 (127 mm) battery aboard the U.S. Navy battleship USS New Mexico (BB-40) prepares to fire during the bombardment of Saipan, 15 June 1944.
Note the time-fuze setters on the left side of each gun mount, each holding three “fixed” rounds of ammunition; the barrels of 20 mm machine guns at the extreme right; and triple the 14"/50 (34.5 cm) guns in the background.

(Source: Official U.S. Navy photo 80-G-K-14162 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command)

Razzle Dazzle “Easter Egg” Navy Ships - all week here at NHF in honor of #easter:

#5: Mackay “Disruptive Coloration” or “Low Visibility-Dazzle” System

It was intended to cause confusion in determining a ship’s heading, reduce its visibility at a distance and in varying light conditions and soften its outlines to make optical rangefinding more difficult.

(Photo: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph # NH 54662)


75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack

On the morning of Dec. 7,  1941, a Sunday, Japanese bombers flew across Oahu, Hawaii and began their assault.

The attack killed more than 2,300 people, nearly half of them on the battleship USS Arizona. More than 1,100 were injured. After the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech before Congress, calling Dec. 7 a “date which will live in infamy.” The U.S. declared war against Japan. (AP)

December 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Photos: (from top) U.S. Navy/National Archives via Reuters, U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command via Reuters (3), U.S. Navy/National Archives via Reuters (2)

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Revenge - 25 October 1944, Battle off Cape Engaño.

The first photograph shows the crew of Zuikaku saluting as the heavily listing carrier ceases to be the flagship of Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo.

The second photograph shows her crew removing ammunition from the ship, photographed from the island looking to port. 

That morning Admiral Ozawa’s fleet was attacked by aircraft from US Navy’s Task Force 38, led by Vice Admiral Marc Mitscher on board USS Lexington (CV-16). According to US Navy official accounts, Lexington alone sank Zuikaku - avenging the sinking of USS Lexington (CV-2) by Zuikaku and Shokaku in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

(US Naval History and Heritage Command: NH 73070, NH 73071, DANFS Lexington V (CV-16))

“ Ten Old Salts “  …  Photograph taken on board USS Hartford at Hampton Roads, Virginia, winter 1876-77, by order of Chaplain David H. Tribue, USN.
The men present are: (Front row, left to right) Seaman James H. Bell and Quartermaster Thomas Trueman;
(Second row, left to right) Boatswain’s Mate Peter Eagen, Seaman Isaac Turner and Schoolmaster James Connell;
(Rear row, left to right) Boatswain’s Mate Edward Nash, Boatswain’s Mate David Clark, Seaman William McNulty, Quarter Gunner William Harrington and Gunner’s Mate Albert Allen

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.