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I would be remiss if I did not at least mention USS Alabama's launch happened 75 years ago today. Although battered by Hurricane Katrina a few years back, she remains seemingly as indestructible at her longtime home in Mobile as she was when she first slipped into the Elizabeth River from Norfolk Naval Shipyard on February 16, 1942.

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For this week we have the second and final installment of Julius Lacano's series on the fight for Norfolk, Virginia, from the North Carolina side.

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The annual Lego shipbuilding contest, part of HRNM's signature annual "Brick by Brick" event, was held on February 4 at the Half Moone in downtown Norfolk.  The quality of the models are becoming more professional every year.  Here are some of the highlights. 

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It has been fifty years since the Apollo program was very nearly derailed by one of the most tragic accidents in NASA history. This week we remember one of the fallen, Lt. Cmdr. Roger Chaffee, and his brief sojourn here on his way to the stars.

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For your reading pleasure this week we have HMS Otter Reenactor Matthew Krogh's second installment about John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, remembered for his attempts to extend his tenure as Virginia's royal governor by any means necessary during the early part of the Revolutionary War.

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The countdown to commemorating the founding of the Navy's (and the world's) largest naval base has begun.  In this first of a series of commemorative posts we explore the conditions pervading the nation in the months prior to the establishment of Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads (now Naval Station Norfolk).

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Another historical tale from our educator Reece Nortum.  Please enjoy. 

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It's easy to remember, or mis-remember, historical events by latching onto a particularly-apt phrase or quote.  All too often these turn out to be apocryphal.  This post is about one associated with the Pearl harbor attack that has persisted for over 45 years.

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Here's the latest post highlighting images of Hampton Roads naval facilities from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
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