NHHC launches new center for naval history and research

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, center left, Naval History and Heritage Command director Sam Cox, second from right, Yeoman 2nd Class Lynnett Evans, and Kenneth Terry, vice president and director of operations at Grunley Construction Co., cut a ribbon during a ceremony featuring NHHC’s newest conservation and preservation site. US NAVY / Arif Patani)

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – Naval History and Heritage Command held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to showcase its new conservation and preservation site Aug. 8 at the Washington Navy Yard.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday spoke at the event for the new Naval History and Research Center (NHRC). Gilday had attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new center two years ago.

“History shows that the Navy that adapted better, learned faster, and improved faster gained long-term combat advantages,” Gilday said. “Stories from the past help us heed the warnings of history while helping us reflect on and maintain our legacy as the world’s premier maritime force.

“This building and the stories and artifacts it contains will preserve the experiences and lessons of the past; to use the Navy’s legacy of bravery and sacrifice to inspire current and future generations of sailors; and let those who serve today know that their sacrifice will always be remembered, honored and valued,” Gilday said.

The new site, consisting of two former factories and munitions warehouses, has now been renovated into a single, state-of-the-art two-story structure that maintains the building’s National Historic District status.

“The Washington Navy Yard is significant to the early history of the United States Navy, the development of Washington, D.C., and the nation for its role in ship equipment manufacturing, ordnance advancements, and naval administration “said NHHC Director Sam Cox. . “Not only will this building continue to be a historic site, but it will be dedicated to preserving all of our future naval artifacts.”

NHHC and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Washington began collaborations in 2018 to convert the two adjacent buildings. The NHRC will now house the Navy Art Collection and the NHHC Underwater Archeology Branch of the Collections Management Division and the Histories and Archives Division, including the Library and Navy archives.

These divisions have long served scholars and the public in their research and investigation of naval history.

Since the early 1800s, the Washington Navy Yard has been a collection point for naval artifacts and trophies. In this effort, both buildings have been converted from munitions storage facilities where they will house artifacts for years to come.

The NHHC, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of America’s naval history and heritage. It provides the Navy’s knowledge base by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy’s unique and enduring contributions throughout our nation’s history and supports the fleet by assisting and providing professional research services. , analysis and interpretation.

The NHHC includes many activities, including the Navy Department Library, Navy Operational Archives, Navy Art and Artifact Collections, Underwater Archaeology, Navy Histories, 10 museums, the USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.

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