Navy History and Heritage

Chief Petty Officers are charged with maintaining and passing on the Navy's rich heritage and traditions.  There are many resources that can be found to support this important aspect of being the Chief.  Here are just a few.

Naval History & Heritage Command

The United States Navy Memorial Heritage Center

U.S. Naval Institute

USS Constitution

USS Missouri

Naval Aviation

Submarine Force History


  1. Navy Heritage Moment for the month of May.

    The “Great White Fleet”

    The "Great White Fleet" consisted of 16 new battleships that were painted white with gilded scrollwork on their bow. President Theodore Roosevelt sent them on a world tour as a grand pageant of American sea power. On 6 May 1908, the fleet anchored in San Francisco after completing the first leg of its tour. The fleet would depart San Francisco in July and head west to complete the world tour. This world tour resulted in many successes. It strengthened diplomatic relations with the countries visited, demonstrated the US Navy’s ability to circumnavigate the globe, and identified many technical improvements needed. For more information about the “Great White Fleet,” visit the Naval History & Heritage Command website at

  2. Navy Heritage Moment for the month of June.

    Two significant events stand out in the month of June, the 70th anniversary or the Battle of Midway and D-Day.

    June 4, 1944

    The Battle of Midway is considered the turning point of the Pacific war. Up to this point in time, the Japanese were on the offensive. During the three day battle, the four Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk with only the loss of one American carrier. As a result, the Japanese offensive was derailed and the balance of sea power in the Pacific shifted to the US.

    June 6, 1944

    Operation OVERLORD, commonly known as D-Day, started a massive invasion of Europe at Normandy, France. The invasion was led by the supreme commander of Allied Forced, General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Allied Forces landed approximately 156,000 troops on Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches. 11, 590 aircraft flew 14,674 sorties. 6,939 vessels made up the naval forces. Operation OVERLORD is still considered the largest amphibious landing in history.

  3. Navy Heritage Moment for the month of July.

    A major milestone was set this month in 1943 which contributed to broadening opportunities for women to serve in the Navy.

    On June 30, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Public Law 689 which established the Women’s Reserve and concurrently the WAVES program.

    WAVES stands for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.

    The program was originally intended to free up men on the home front to deploy and fight forward during WWII. Prior to this, the only roles in which women could serve in the Navy were Yeoman and Navy Nurse. Within a year of its establishment, 27,000 women joined the WAVES. They served in many different jobs including aviation, Judge Advocate General Corps, medicine, communications, intelligence, science and technology. These women paved the way for those serving today who are continuing to see more opportunities like submarine service coming available.