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.
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.