This week in U.S. Navy History:
On Feb. 22, 1974, Lt. j.g. Barbara Ann (Allen) Rainey became the first Navy designated female aviator.
Navy to Christen Expeditionary Fast Transport Burlington — The Navy will christen its newest Expeditionary Fast Transport, the future USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The future USNS Burlington, designated T-EPF 10, will be the first ship in naval service to honor Burlington, Vermont's largest city.
The History of African American History Month — The Navy History and Heritage Command takes a closer look at origins and milestones that led to the observance of African American History Month, beginning with the efforts of renowned historian, scholar and author, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Navy COOL Delivers 43 Briefs at 6 Locations in 21 Days — After 21 days entailing 18 flights and 43 briefs at six locations, representatives from Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) wrapped up their overseas tour in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Feb. 22. Navy COOL provides active duty and reserve Sailors, whether forward deployed, underway or ashore, a way to map their Navy education, training, experience and competencies to civilian credentials and occupations.
John Glenn: An American Legend — All Hands Magazine’s tribute to legendary space pioneer John Glenn, the decorated fighter pilot (and later, senator) who became the first American to orbit Earth.
Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams — The Navy accepted delivery of its second Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship, USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4), Feb. 22. The delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy. ESB 4 will be owned and operated by Military Sealift Command.
USS Constitution Observes Anniversary of Victory over HMS Cyane and HMS Levant — USS Constitution commemorated the 203rd anniversary of her victory over Her Majesty's Ship (HMS) Cyane and HMS Levant at Pier One of the Charlestown Navy Yard, Feb. 20. USS Constitution's 75th commanding officer, Cmdr. Nathaniel R. Shick, opened the ceremony with a summary of the factors which led President James Madison and the United States to declare war against Great Britain on June 12, 1812.
Laying the Wreath: GW Sailors Participate in George Washington's 286th Birthday Ceremony — Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) participated in Presidents' Day commemoration events at Mount Vernon, where they prepared for a ceremonial wreath laying at the home and final resting place of our nation’s first president, George Washington.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Feb. 19-23, 2018. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.