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NHHC Celebrates 50 Years of 'Navy Innovation' at Sea Air Space Expo
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, right, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, Jim Offutt, president of the Navy League of the United States, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp and Acting Administrator of the Maritime Administration Paul "Chip" Jaenichen cut a ribbon to open the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition

By Joshua L. Wick, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard will take a bit of history and historic expertise to the Sea Air Space (SAS) Exposition at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, April 13-15.

Historians, curators and scientists will be on site at booth #2755 to talk about historic events and how the Navy uses the latest technology to conserve artifacts for future generations.

They will also show a sampling from NHHC collection of more than 300,000 historic artifacts.

This year the SAS Expo's theme is "Game-Changing Technology." To complement the SAS Expo theme, NHHC will present an exhibit that will feature Navy innovation and highlight naval history during the last 50 years.

The exhibit will showcase historical artifacts and information from NHHC's Collections Management, Histories, Archives Divisions, and the National Museum of the U.S. Navy. Artifacts include a model of a World War I MK6 mine (as well as historic photos of Sailors moving MK6 mines in Inverness, Scotland, during the war), a scale model of World War II cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), combat art reproductions, a model Lego ship, posters detailing our Underwater Archaeology Branch's conservation work on the 1890's Howell Torpedo, the survey of the Normandy beach as well as several recovered artifacts. Subject-matter experts will also be available to discuss Navy heritage and artifacts.

NHHC's social media team will live tweet from the exhibit. Join the conversation using #NavyHistory, #SAS15, #NavalHistory, and/or #OurHeritage. Follow NHHC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/navalhistory and on Twitter @NavyHistoryNews.

SAS brings the U.S.'s defense industrial base, private-sector contractors and key Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard decision makers together annually for an innovative, educational and professional maritime-based event.

NHHC, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy's unique and enduring contributions throughout our nation's history, and supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, nine museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.

For more information on NHHC visit the command's website at www.history.navy.mil.

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor
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