Naval Air Station: A Brief History

Naval Air Station: A Brief History

Naval Air Station: A Brief History NAS North Island, California, proclaims itself the “Birthplace of Naval Aviation” owing to the fact that Lieutenant Theodore G. Ellyson, Naval Aviator Number 1, received his initial training there. As the Navy’s first Naval Air...
Top 10 Navy Gifts Under $25

Top 10 Navy Gifts Under $25

Top 10 Navy Gifts Under $25 Every time you look up there is new holiday around the corner. Starting the year off is usually Valentines Day (Unless there is a birthday or two beforehand), then of course you have Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day,...
Haze Gray Underway

Haze Gray Underway

HAZE GRAY AND UNDERWAY The United States Navy saying “haze gray and underway” refers firstly to the color “haze gray”. Haze gray is a paint color scheme used by USN warships to make the ships harder to see clearly. The gray color reduces the...
Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

ARMED FORCES DAY Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second...
Ship Naming Controversies of the US Navy

Ship Naming Controversies of the US Navy

Ship Naming Controversies of the US Navy: The Continental Navy set the standard for breaking tradition right out of the gates! “One of these ain’t like the others!” – Navy Crow CONTINENTAL NAVY NAMING CONTROVERSIES  Ship Naming Controversies of the...
Shellbacks: A Proud Naval Tradition!

Shellbacks: A Proud Naval Tradition!

SHELLBACKS – A PROUD NAVAL HISTORY No one is really sure when or how the Line Crossing Ceremony, “Order of Neptune”, came about. The ritual dates back at least 400 years in Western seafaring.  The ceremony observes a mariner’s transformation from slimy Pollywog,...
The Goatfellas

The Goatfellas

THE GOATFELLAS The US Navy Chief Petty Officer has a rich heritage officially dating back to 1 April 1893, prior to this the title “Chief” was used sporadically.  According to “History of the Chief Petty Officer Grade,” by U.S. Navy Chief...