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The Navy is an important part of the armed forces. How much history do you know of this important section of our community? Take up the quiz below and learn its history. All the best and enjoy.


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  • 1. 

    Briefly describe the significance of Stephen Decatur.

  • 2. 

    What are the names of the first four steel vessels?

    • A.

      Atlanta, Boston, Charleston, Dolphin

    • B.

      Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dolphin

    • C.

      Chicago, Dolphin, Constitution, United States

    • D.

      Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dolphin

    Correct Answer
    D. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dolphin
    Explanation
    Remember with the terms or acronym ABCD

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  • 3. 

    In the battle of Flamborough Head, ____(year) Captain _________________ commanded the ______________ in the victory over the HMS __________, which was protecting a merchant convoy. Enter answers comma separated and in order from left to right. Ex. Answer1, Answer2, etc.

    Correct Answer
    1779, John Paul Jones, Bonhomme Richard, Serapis
    Explanation
    In the battle of Flamborough Head in 1779, Captain John Paul Jones commanded the Bonhomme Richard in the victory over the HMS Serapis, which was protecting a merchant convoy.

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  • 4. 

    One of the three amphibious operations was the Landing in North Africa in 1942

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During World War II, the Allied forces conducted a series of amphibious operations to gain control over strategic locations. The Landing in North Africa in 1942, also known as Operation Torch, was one of these operations. It involved the landing of Allied troops in Morocco and Algeria, with the aim of opening a new front against the Axis powers. This operation marked the first major offensive by the Western Allies against the Axis forces and played a crucial role in the eventual defeat of the Axis powers. Therefore, the statement that the Landing in North Africa in 1942 was one of the three amphibious operations is true.

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  • 5. 

    One of the WWII three amphibious landings was the Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The correct answer is False because the Invasion of Normandy, also known as D-Day, was not one of the three amphibious landings in WWII. The three amphibious landings were the Invasion of Sicily in 1943, the Invasion of Italy in 1943, and the Invasion of Normandy in 1944.

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  • 6. 

    Woman were allowed to serve in the US Navy during WWI but when the Naval Appropriation Act came out in 1919 they were all kicked out

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During World War I, women were indeed allowed to serve in the US Navy. However, when the Naval Appropriation Act was passed in 1919, it resulted in the dismissal of all women from their positions in the Navy. This act effectively ended the opportunity for women to serve in the Navy at that time.

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  • 7. 

    Which of these three battles occurred by complete surprise. The Japanese planned an trap of the US Pacific Navy. Chester Nimitz had decoded their message and caught them by suprise

    • A.

      Battle of Midway

    • B.

      Tarawa Atoll

    • C.

      Battle of the Philippine Sea

    • D.

      Battle of Hampton Roads

    Correct Answer
    A. Battle of Midway
    Explanation
    The Battle of Midway occurred by complete surprise. The Japanese had planned a trap for the US Pacific Navy, but Chester Nimitz was able to decode their message and catch them off guard.

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  • 8. 

    Woman in the US Navy during WWI were referred to as _______.

    Correct Answer
    Yeomanettes
    Explanation
    During World War I, women in the US Navy were referred to as Yeomanettes. This term was used to distinguish them from their male counterparts and highlight their unique role in the navy. The Yeomanettes played a crucial role in supporting the war effort by performing administrative tasks, such as clerical work and record-keeping. Their contributions helped to free up male sailors for combat duty. The term Yeomanettes reflects the historical context of the time and the changing role of women in the military during the war.

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  • 9. 

    The first black Naval Service members were restricted to the Messmen's Branch. They were allowed in any rate in 1942 but the training ans assignments were still segregated.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Navy was fully integrated in the 1800's and slowly segregated until WWI. In this case the first black naval service members were actually right after the Civil War and could be in any rate.

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  • 10. 

    The first US Aircraft Carrier was the USS __________ built in ____. Her deck was built on top of a pre-existing unused Naval Ship. Enter the two answers with a comma and a space between them.

    Correct Answer
    Langley, 1922
    Explanation
    The first US Aircraft Carrier was the USS Langley built in 1922. Her deck was built on top of a pre-existing unused Naval Ship.

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  • 11. 

    What was the most famous confederate raider?

    • A.

      Arkansas

    • B.

      Alabama

    • C.

      Alaska

    • D.

      Arizona

    Correct Answer
    B. Alabama
    Explanation
    The most famous Confederate raider was the CSS Alabama, a British-built steamship that was commissioned by the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War. The Alabama was responsible for capturing and sinking numerous Union merchant vessels, causing significant damage to Union shipping and commerce. Its successful raids made it one of the most feared and well-known Confederate raiders of the war.

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  • 12. 

    Often times the weaker Naval force among those at war will participate in what is known as guerrilla (commerce raiding) attempts to prevent direct confrontation with the enemy force.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The term for commerce raiding in Guerre de course not guerrilla.

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  • 13. 

    Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan is best known fro authoring which book?

    • A.

      The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1760-1800

    • B.

      The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1812-1883

    • C.

      The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783

    • D.

      The Strategists Guide to Naval Warfare

    Correct Answer
    C. The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783
    Explanation
    Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan is best known for authoring "The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783." This book explores the significance of naval power in shaping historical events during the period from 1660 to 1783. Mahan argues that a strong navy is essential for a nation's economic and political success, and he analyzes various naval strategies and historical examples to support his thesis. This influential work had a profound impact on the development of naval strategy and policy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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  • 14. 

    The navy was the first to authorize the services of women. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The army was the first

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  • 15. 

    The Battle of the Philippines was also known as the Marianas Duck Shoot.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    No the Marianas Turkey Shoot

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  • 16. 

    The Barbary wars of ________, were declared by _________ (city)

    • A.

      1901-1905, Tripoli

    • B.

      1901-1905, Cairo

    • C.

      1801-1805, Tripoli

    • D.

      1801-1805 Cairo

    Correct Answer
    C. 1801-1805, Tripoli
    Explanation
    The Barbary wars of 1801-1805 were declared by Tripoli.

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  • 17. 

    The first 6 warships under the auspices of the war department were approved in the 1794 Navy Act.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the 1794 Navy Act did indeed approve the construction of the first 6 warships under the war department's supervision. This act was an important step in the development of the United States Navy, as it marked the beginning of a more organized and structured naval force. The approval of these warships demonstrated the government's recognition of the need for a strong naval presence to protect American interests and ensure national security.

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  • 18. 

    The Battle of Manila Bay was won by Commodore George Dewey

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Commodore George Dewey won the Battle of Manila Bay. This naval battle took place during the Spanish-American War in 1898. Dewey's fleet, consisting of several American warships, engaged and defeated the Spanish Pacific Squadron. The victory was significant as it effectively ended Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines and established the United States as a major naval power in the Pacific.

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  • 19. 

    All of the above took place in the Pacific under the Command of Chester Nimitz during WWI

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    WWII

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  • 20. 

    Which was the first Ballistic submarine?

    • A.

      George Washington

    • B.

      Nautilus

    • C.

      Trident

    • D.

      Virginia

    Correct Answer
    A. George Washington
    Explanation
    The correct answer is George Washington. George Washington was the first Ballistic submarine, commissioned in 1959. It was the lead ship of its class and played a significant role in the development of nuclear submarines. It was named after the first President of the United States and served as a deterrent during the Cold War. The George Washington class of submarines paved the way for future advancements in submarine technology.

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  • 21. 

    Which was the first nuclear submarine

    • A.

      George Washington

    • B.

      Nautilus

    • C.

      Trident

    • D.

      Virginia

    Correct Answer
    B. Nautilus
    Explanation
    Nautilus was the first nuclear submarine. It was commissioned by the United States Navy in 1954 and was the first submarine to operate primarily on nuclear power. This technological advancement allowed Nautilus to stay submerged for longer periods of time and travel at faster speeds compared to conventional submarines. Nautilus played a significant role in shaping submarine warfare and paved the way for the development of future nuclear-powered submarines.

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  • 22. 

    What is the date of the Pearl Harbor attack? MMDDYYYY

    Correct Answer
    12071941
    Explanation
    The date of the Pearl Harbor attack was December 7, 1941.

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  • 23. 

    What is the date of the Invasion of Normandy? MMDDYYYY

    Correct Answer
    06061944
    Explanation
    The date of the Invasion of Normandy was June 6, 1944. This was a significant event during World War II, also known as D-Day. On this day, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in France, marking the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control. The invasion involved a massive amphibious assault and was a turning point in the war, leading to the eventual defeat of Germany.

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  • 24. 

    The bold Naval Amphibious assault in Korea occurred at? in what year? Separate with a comma and a space.

    Correct Answer
    Inchon, 1950
    Explanation
    Inchon, 1950 is the correct answer because the bolded phrase "Naval Amphibious assault in Korea" refers to the famous amphibious invasion carried out by United Nations forces during the Korean War. This operation, known as the Battle of Inchon, took place in the port city of Inchon in South Korea in the year 1950.

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  • 25. 

    Extra Credit: When is Flag Day? MMDD

    Correct Answer
    0614
    Explanation
    Flag Day is observed on June 14th every year in the United States. This day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777. The answer "0614" corresponds to June 14th, indicating the correct date for Flag Day.

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