By Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division
Over the past year or two, the Naval History and Heritage Command has made enormous strides in becoming a more responsive, mission-oriented, fleet-focused organization that makes Navy history relevant to Navy leadership, the American public and Sailors past and present.
Today, we bid farewell to the venerable logo it adapted shortly after it was formed as a command. The primary feature of the old logo was the Sailor and child holding hands in front of an aircraft carrier, and was based on a 1959 painting by Lou Nolan called “Heritage.” It did a good job of illustrating our fleet’s romantic notion of why our naval service is important today – and tomorrow.
With a renewed emphasis on integrating the critical resources and holdings we maintain and provide, a new logo was developed that more comprehensively captured and reflected how we and our members retain, conserve, preserve, interpret, share, and make Navy history and heritage relevant today. These weren’t just our ideas – they were identified or reinforced as critical elements by dozens of enthusiasts who participated in our logo contest this past summer. In many respects, like so much of naval history and heritage, this is YOUR logo.
Inspired by the winners of a logo contest last fall with the winning design submitted by Nathan E. Quinn, a graphics specialist at the Defense Media Activity and honorable mention design submitted by Peter Thielen, Jr., this logo incorporates the following elements:
- The logo’s centerpiece is USS Constitution representing our commitment to warfighting readiness from the Navy’s earliest days on the world’s oceans. Furthermore the representation of Constitution embodies NHHC’s dedication to preserving and protecting maritime history.
- The quill pen serves as a reminder that the practice of documenting and understanding history enhances operational effectiveness.
- The two compass roses which bookend the command’s name are traditional symbols of nautical navigation, symbolizing NHHC’s ability to both interpret the Navy’s past and help guide it on its course.
- The circular, infinite, rope border reflects how the Navy’s actions and decisions today will be judged alongside those of the past.
- The use of blue and gold represents the Navy’s traditional colors.
“Together the elements of the logo capture NHHC’s mission – to reinforce naval history’s relevance to its leadership, the American public and Sailors, past and present. We wanted a logo that better reflected that drive, and I believe that the logo does so perfectly. It shows that as the Navy moves forward in its missions, NHHC will be there offering the wisdom of Sailors’ past experiences to guide its course to success.”
Capt. Henry Hendrix, Ph.D. NHHC’s director
Our mission is to collect, preserve, protect, and make available the artifacts, documents, and art that embody our naval history and heritage for future generations. Its branches interpret naval history and heritage, providing historically relevant support to Navy leadership and Sailors. NHHC advances knowledge of naval history and heritage through professional research, analysis, interpretation, products and services. Through outreach to the American public, NHHC highlights the critical role the Navy plays in their daily lives and the importance of maintaining a strong Navy to protect their basic freedoms and America’s maritime commerce.