Facts and interesting information about military units around the world.

United States Navy Band

The United States Navy Band consists of 163 enlisted musicians and three officers in seven major performing units.The Concert Band is the major USN musical unit in Washington,D.C., and has toured worldwide.The Ceremonial Band performs at official military ceremonies and special events and is staffed, depending on performance requirements, by 15 to 99 musicians. The… read more »

USS Nautilus (SSN-571)

USS Nautilus was the navy’s—and the world’s— first nuclear-powered submarine,driven by an onboard,pressurized-water nuclear reactor plant.Her keel was laid on June 14, 1952, at Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut, by President Harry S.Truman; she was launched on January 21, 1954, and commissioned on September 30, 1954. Nautilus was largely the brainchild of Captain (later… read more »

Washington Navy Yard

The Washington Navy Yard serves as the headquarters for the NAVALDISTRICTWASHINGTON,which is nicknamed the “Quarterdeck of the Navy.”Additionally, the Washington Navy Yard serves as the ceremonial gateway to the nation’s capital for many diplomats and other officials. The Washington Navy Yard was authorized in 1799 by the first secretary of the navy, BENJAMIN STODDART, and… read more »

Zumwalt, Elmo Russell (1920–

admiral ) navy Zumwalt became the 19th CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS in 1970, the youngest full admiral and CNO in USN history.His four-year term as CNO was controversial, as he worked aggressively to liberalize the USN,especially with regard to equal opportunity for minority and women sailors and officers. Zumwalt was born in San Francisco and… read more »

Navy Primary Standards Laboratory

The Navy Primary Standards Laboratory is staffed by professional metrologists and is charged with maintaining and disseminating standard, accurate physical units ofmeasurement within the USN.A major laboratory activity is providing the means and methods for precise instrument and other calibration.The Navy Primary Standards Laboratory is located at the Naval Aviation Depot complex on Naval Air… read more »

SSBN Tenders (All Decommissioned)

Simon LakeClass The two Simon Lake–class ships were commissioned in 1964 and 1965 and decommissioned in 1999 and 1994, respectively.They were specifically configured to service ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) and served as at-sea repair,weapons handling, and supply bases for submarines as well as other ships. The Simon Lake class had extensive repair facilities and was… read more »

oceanographer of the navy

The oceanographer of the navy is the resource sponsor for the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command in the Office of the CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS and is headquartered at the John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St.Louis,Mississippi. Oceanography studies the nature and behavior of the oceans, including such critical factors as temperature, salinity,and the… read more »

Supervisors of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair (SUPSHIP)

SUPSHIP works with private contractors to acquire,maintain, and modernize affordable and operationally superior ships for the U.S. Navy. SUPSHIP supervises execution of new construction, repair,and modernization.Facilities include: N SUPSHIP Bath (Maine): Provides technical, contract, and program management functions, especially in conjunction with the Bath Iron Works Corporation. N SUPSHIP Groton (Connecticut): Liaison between the DEPARTMENT… read more »

patrol coastal ships (PC)

All operational navy PC craft are of the Cyclone and Tornado classes, their mission to perform coastal patrol and interdiction surveillance. They are especially well suited to the maritime homeland security mission and are deployed jointly with the USCG to protect America’s coastline, ports, and waterways from terrorist attack.