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It depicts Hornet, at left, firing on the British brig sloop Penguin during the early part of the engagement.

It depicts Hornet, at left, firing on the British brig sloop Penguin during the early part of the engagement.

Quartermaster Seaman Rodney Cobia, from Charlotte N.C., stows flags on the signal bridge of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan for its 2015 patrol. George Washington is making its departure from Japan after serving as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier for seven years.

Quartermaster Seaman Rodney Cobia, from Charlotte N.C., stows flags on the signal bridge of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan for its 2015 patrol. George Washington is making its departure from Japan after serving as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier for seven years.

How is your #USNavy prepared to respond to Typhoon #Haiyan relief efforts? #PresenceMatters

How is your #USNavy prepared to respond to Typhoon #Haiyan relief efforts? #PresenceMatters

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution perform a War of 1812-era gun drill as part of Rockport Navy Weekend festivities.

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution perform a War of 1812-era gun drill as part of Rockport Navy Weekend festivities.

Rachael Hendrickson and her son, Chattanooga, Tenn. natives, kneel to view the memorial at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center.

Rachael Hendrickson and her son, Chattanooga, Tenn. natives, kneel to view the memorial at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center.

BOSTON (Aug. 22, 2014) USS Constitution sets sail in Boston Harbor during the ship's first chief petty officer heritage week underway demonstration of 2014.

BOSTON (Aug. 22, 2014) USS Constitution sets sail in Boston Harbor during the ship's first chief petty officer heritage week underway demonstration of 2014.

One of the most well-know exhibits of the Naval Academy Museum is the collection of roughly two dozen model ships constructed almost entirely of bone by French prisoners of war during the Napoleonic Wars. Although not specifically US Navy history, the collection nevertheless helps set the stage for understanding the conditions into which the American Navy was born. The War of 1812 loomed on the horizon, and in that war the U.S. Navy would be put to the test.

One of the most well-know exhibits of the Naval Academy Museum is the collection of roughly two dozen model ships constructed almost entirely of bone by French prisoners of war during the Napoleonic Wars. Although not specifically US Navy history, the collection nevertheless helps set the stage for understanding the conditions into which the American Navy was born. The War of 1812 loomed on the horizon, and in that war the U.S. Navy would be put to the test.

YOUR Navy Operating Forward -  USS Antietam (CG 54) transits in formation with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Sazanami

YOUR Navy Operating Forward - USS Antietam (CG 54) transits in formation with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Sazanami

This print (Plate No. 1 of four) depicts the commencement of the action, with the two frigates exchanging gunfire at close range.

This print (Plate No. 1 of four) depicts the commencement of the action, with the two frigates exchanging gunfire at close range.

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