For the third year in a row, the Northwest Commandery supported History Day competitions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington states. The commandery supports History Day by recruiting volunteer judges from amongst our companions to judge at regional and state competitions. Companions and spouses who judged this year were Gil Beyer (Idaho); Dave Todd (Oregon); Jim … More NOUS Northwest Announces Naval History Awards
Check out all of the exciting activities surrounding the commissioning of the future USS Idaho, SSN 799, now in progress. From the Commissioning Committee’s website, we learn “The future USS IDAHO SSN 799 is a leading-edge Virginia Class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine being built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut. She will be christened … More USS IDAHO, SSN 799, Set for Commissioning in 2022
From military.com, we have this story by Konstantin Totopin about the USS Kitty Hawk: “The storied aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk — a ship that served from Vietnam through the second Iraq war — is heading for the scrapyard. The ship, which began its final sea voyage in January, will arrive at a Texas shipbreaking facility … More USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) – Completing Nearly 50 Years of Naval History
Below is the time line for USS Oregon (SSN-793), recently commissioned: • Keel Laying – July 8, 2017• Christening – October 5, 2019 at Groton, CT• Rollout – April 10, 2020• Float Off – June 25, 2020• Commissioning – May 28, 2022 More information is available (including memorabilia) at https://ussoregonssn793.org/index.php.
At the recently concluded NOUS 2021 National Congress, NOUS Northwest was honored “in recognition of outstanding local efforts and success achieved” during the past year. Accepting the award during the virtual gathering was CAPT Jim McGinnis, MSC, USN (Ret.) who has led NOUS NWT as its Commander during the award period. Below CAPT McGinnis is … More NOUS Northwest Receives CAPT Jan V. Armstrong Memorial Award
On this US Navy birthday, we feature a painting from the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) website: “First Recognition of the American Flag by a Foreign Government, 14 February 1778” “Painting in oils by Edward Moran, 1898. It depicts the Continental Navy Ship Ranger, commanded by Captain John Paul Jones, receiving the salute of … More Happy Birthday, US Navy (246)!
After a summer break with no meeting held in July, the Commandery took advantage on 7 August 2021 of less-restrictive COVID-19 protective measures in place at the time. The result was a fantastic turnout of 23 Companions at a backyard barbeque at the home of CAPT (USN-Ret.) John and Cricket Laible, both NOUS NWT Companions. … More First Hybrid Meeting a Success!
USS Oregon (BB-3), USS Seattle (ACR-11), USS Idaho (BB-42) and USS Alaska (CB-1) Photograph from US Navy History and Heritage Command Title: UA 475.18 USS Oregon (BB-3) Collection Caption: Collection Photo # UA 475.18.01 Postcard for Museum Ship USS Oregon (BB-3) Description: Postcard for Museum Ship USS Oregon (BB-3). Oregon served between 1896-1906 and again … More Ships Representing the 4 States of Our Commandery: OR, WA, ID and AK
From the CBS This Morning website: “One of the greatest collections dedicated to American men and women in uniform is kept in a place that’s never been open to the public. Only on ‘CBS This Morning,’ Chip Reid has a rare look inside a huge warehouse full of hidden treasures for display at the new … More A Navy Collection of Hidden Treasures
On 7 December, CAPT Jim McGinnis, MSC, USN, (Ret.), received command of the NOUS Northwest Commandery from CAPT John C. Laible, USN, (Ret.). In recognition of CAPT Laible’s command tour of NOUS Northwest, Commander General Colonel Allan Cruz, USMC (Ret), had earlier presented CAPT Laible with the annual CAPT Jan Armstrong Memorial Award during the … More NOUS Northwest Change of Command