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NAVAL HISTORY 34 Navy | Winter 2018 A Navy Museum of a Different Kind By David F. Winkler, Ph.D. NAVAL HISTORICAL FOUNDATION H eightened security at military bases around the country has signifi- cantly affected the public'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. Real- izing the need to maintain 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 individ- uals no matter where they are located. e site is designed to enhance a visitor's experience by integrating resources offered by other museums within the naval history enterprise — both those operated by the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) and others 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 Visitors to the website can access information on naval heritage resources in all 50 states, including historical content about ships named for each state.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 and 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 Wash- ington 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. e NHF envisions the site maturing 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 Chicago's Museum of Science and

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