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32 Navy | Winter 2017 H eightened security at military bases around the country has significantly affected people's ability to visit a number of Navy museums including the National Museum of the United States Navy (NMUSN) located at the Washington Navy Yard. Realizing the need to main- tain public access to our Navy's rich and important history and heritage, the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) went virtual and created . Our goal is to share the history of our sea services to individuals no matter where they are located. e site is designed to enhance a visitor's experience by integrating resources offered by other mu- seums within the naval history enterprise – both those operated by the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) and oth- ers having stewardship over the publicly accessible warship fleet, including members of the Historic Naval Ships Association. Visitors to the website can access information on naval heritage resources in all 50 states, including historical content about ships named for each state. In five states — Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas — the ship histories include battleships berthed in and named for those states. e site is easy to navigate and AUSN members and others may not realize the extent of Bluejacket history in their backyard! Visitors can spend hours exploring ships and museums and taking virtual tours. For example, although the former Forrest Sherman-class destroyer Barry le the Washington Navy Yard last Spring for eventual dismantling, visitors to the new website can look from her bow down upon the Navy Yard's Willard Park to see artifacts such as the 14- inch World War I naval rail battery or go below decks to view dozens of compartments and spaces of the Cold War-era warship, including a wide-variety of virtually-linked enhancements. NHF envisions the site matur- ing to provide the visitor an even greater immersive experience. "Imagine visiting the site's Navy Museum World War II gallery and you come across the exhibit detailing the capture of U-505… you click on it and suddenly you are on the actual U-boat at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry," said Clair S. Sassin, NHF's executive director. "With initiatives such as these, we are able to reach a broader audience U.S. NAVY MUSEUMS A Navy Museum of a Different Kind By David F. Winkler, Ph.D.

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