Fleet Week Seattle Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

Destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and Cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Royal Canadian navy Kingston-class coastal defense vessels HMCS Saskatoon (MM 709) and Yellowknife (MM 706), and USCGC Henry Blake (WLM 563) participated in a parade of ships, August 1, the grand entry to kick off Fleet Week Seattle 2022. Fleet Week Seattle is a time-honored celebration…

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Korean War Naval Aviator Reunites with His Fighter

Charles “Obie” O’Brien earned his Wings of Gold at NAS Pensacola in June 1950 flying former WWII-era trainers and fighter aircraft. As the jet age was emerging, he was assigned to a jet training unit and trained in the Navy’s version of the Lockheed Shooting Star. On completion, he was expecting to be assigned to a jet squadron and when…

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Great Lake: The fascinating history of NNSY’s World War II aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain

June 3, 2020 – Before it became a facility dedicated to maintenance and modernization almost 70 years ago, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) used to build ships. In the case of World War II, sometimes 27,000 ton ones. June 3 will mark the 75th anniversary of commissioning the NNSY aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CV-39). Commissioned a couple months before World…

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