Today I discovered–thanks to a Facebook posting–a new blog on Naval History. It’s a joint effort from the Naval History and Heritage Command and the Naval Institute. It promises to be THE authoritative blog on naval history, and aims, as the 24 March introductory puts it, to be “an excursion into the most intriguing questions, theories and musings that continue to fascinate naval historians.”
Rear Admiral (ret) Jay DeLoach, the head of the Naval History and Heritage Command deserves a shoutout here. Since he came aboard, the organization seems to have really come alive. It has a thoroughly modern internet “look”. complete with an attractive–and active–presence on all major social networking tools including Facebook and Twitter. The blog highlights something else that may be new: a collaboration with that venerable institution, the Naval Institute.
Admiral DeLoach has said that Navy authorities, right up to the top of the chain of command, fully embrace the notion that it’s important to know our history as an institution and as a nation. He seems to be receiving the resources to make the mission of educating and promoting the history of the sea service a reality.