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Detail of chromolithograph 'Battle of Manilla'

Naval History Panels

In the academic year 2014-2015, the Museum will host two naval history panels to instruct the midshipmen and general public on pertinent issues in our Navy and Marine Corps.

August 22, 2014 Fight the Ship: Leadership and Damage Control

What is your response during a major incident?  In 1988, the USS Samuel B. Roberts was severely damaged when it hit an Iranian mine during Operation Praying Mantis.  In 2000, the USS Cole was severely damaged as a result of a terrorist attack.  For the first time, the commanding officers of both ships share the stage to discuss how the officers and crew responded to save their ships.  This event will be moderated by CAPT Robby Harris, USN (Ret).

Biography of CAPT Robby Harris, USN (Ret)

Biography of CAPT Paul X. Rinn, USN (Ret)

 Biography of CDR Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret)

January 9, 2015 "Aircraft Carriers: Past, Present and Future"

In a thought-provoking evening, Bryan McGrath, Assistant Director of Hudson Center for American Seapower, and CAPT Henry "Jerry" Hendrix, USN (Ret), Director of Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Center for New American Security, will discuss how carriers were developed and employed in the twentieth century and their role in the Navy in the coming decades.  The event will be moderated by CAPT Craig C. Felker, USN, Chair of the USNA Department of History.

McGrath is a retired naval officer who spent 21 years on active duty including a tour in command of USS Bulkeley, a guided-missile destroyer based in Norfolk, Va. He received the Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Surface Navy Association and his ship earned the USS Arizona Memorial Trophy signifying its selection as the fleet's most combat-ready warship. His final duties ashore included serving as team lead and primary author of the U.S. Navy's 2007 maritime strategy, “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.” He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Virginia in 1987, and a master’s in political science and congressional studies from The Catholic University of America. He is a graduate of the Naval War College. Source: USNA News Center

Hendrix is a retired captain in the U.S. Navy, whose staff assignments included tours with the Chief of Naval Operation’s Executive Panel, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment. In 2011, he assumed the position of Director of Naval History.  He received his doctorate from King’s College of London in war studies. He has twice been named the Samuel Eliot Morison Scholar by the Navy Historical Center in Washington D.C. and was also the center’s 2005 Rear Admiral John D. Hays Fellow. He authored the book “Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy” and received a number of awards, including the U.S. Naval Institute’s Author of the Year and the Navy League’s Alfred T. Mahan Award for Literary Achievement. Source: USNA News Center

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