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The program this year includes: workshops and historical presentations including:

  • Captain Jim Bryant (USN Ret.) “Evolution of U.S. Nuclear Submarines from Nautilus to Thresher.” Bryant is the former skipper of USS Guardfish (SSN-612) and a returning speaker.

  • David Kohnen, Geoffrey Till, Andrew Lambert (invited). These historical dreadnoughts from King’s College and the Naval War College will discuss the centennial of Julian S. Corbett’s death and his influence on naval history and the philosophy of Sea Power

  • Commander Terry McKearney (USN Ret.) “The Solomon Islands Campaign.” McKearney,a former SWO and Proceedings author will consider several aspects of the campaign.

  • Eric Mills. “Writing for Naval History Magazine.” Mills is the editor of this renown Naval Institute publication

  • Drachinifel. “The New Naval History: running a history YouTube channel.” Drachinifel is a self-described Naval Histriographer. His channel has 395,000 subscribers.

  • Stephen McLaughlin. “Russian and Soviet Cruisers.” McLaughlin is the author of the recently reprinted classic, Russian and Soviet Battleships.

  • Karl Zingheim: “Disaster at Point Honda.” Mr. Zingheim is an author and the USS Midway Museum Historian. This will cover the largest peace time loss of U.S. Navy ships in a single incident.

  • Jeremy Mazur: “Conducting Oral History Interviews.” Mr. Mazur, WNHA Board Member and MCRD Museum associate, will discuss techniques, tools, and tips for recording and preserving oral history. 

  • Other speakers will include Kathleen Broome Williams, author of Measure of a Man: My Father, the Marine Corps and Saipan; author and editor John Burtt; Dave Winkler, of the Naval Historical Center, and a surprise guest or two.

Registration is required for a link. Physical attendance is $50, which includes lunch, refreshments, admission to the USS Midway, and WNHA membership.

For questions write Vince O'Hara at


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Expanding Naval History IV, to be held aboard the USS Midway and virtually February 19-20


Expanding Naval History II, held aboard the USS Midway from February 29 - March 1


Expanding Naval History, held February 15-16 at the San Diego Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

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