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FADM Ernest King Issues Final Report

OTD in 1945, FADM Ernest King issued his final report on Navy operations during WWII. He credited victory in the Pacific to overwhelming seapower and America’s industrial might. He used this graph to illustrate the annihilation of Japan’s Navy as the US Navy grew from 1941 to 1945.

Source: U.S. Naval Institute

December 3, 1945 Trial Begins for CAPT Charles McVay, USS Indianapolis Commanding Officer

December 3, 1945, the trial began for Capt. Charles McVay over the loss of USS Indianapolis (CA 35). Of all the commanding officers who lost ships during WWII, McVay was the only one court-martialed. McVay was charged with hazarding his ship by not using the technique of zigzagging to avoid sub attacks.

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NAVIFOR Hosts IW Leaders at Annual Commanders’ Summit

Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach, commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) hosted the Commanders’ Summit in Suffolk, Va., Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. More than 160 civilians, officers and enlisted leaders representing command triads from more than 50 information warfare (IW) commands worldwide gathered to exchange ideas, voice concerns, and chart the way forward for NAVIFOR and the community.

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CAPT Wenger’s Admonition Fair Haired Boys (14 August 1945) Guest Post

At this point in U.S. Navy Cryptology’s evolution, it’s just after WWII and the Navy’s COMINT organization was reorganized within the Division of Naval Communications (Op-20) and officially renamed Communications Supplementary Activities. 

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Rumrunners in the Ether (Guest Post)

Since its founding in 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard fought in many of our major conflicts, provided vital search and rescue services, and protected our nation’s shores from smugglers and terrorists. One of that service’s epic battles began just over 100 years ago with the passage of the 18th Amendment.

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Remembering CTRCS David “Blake” McLendon, KIA, Afghanistan

CTRCS David “Blake” McLendon
29 November 1979 – 21 September 2010

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