USS Newport News Web Site
USS Newport News Home Page Web Site Awards Page Chat Room For Crew members Crew Members Contact pages. Events Page Sign Guest Book Gunnery Department Pages NN History Page Help Wanted & financial Report Dexter's NN Home Movies Other Related Web Sites Mailing List Information Page Memorial Pages Information about the Model of our ships. Reunion Information Pictures of Ship and Crew Ship's Store NN Sound Files Updates and New Information on this Web Site

 

Marine Detachment


Marine_Flags.jpg (144155 bytes)

 

The Marine Detachment, USS NEWPORT NEWS was activated on 25 January 1949 and supports the commanding officer.

Traditionally, Marine Detachments afloat have had as their primary mission the internal security of the ship.  In the era of sailing vessels, Marines were employed to deter mutinous crews and repel boarding parties by musket fire.  Today's methodology has changed considerably from the age of sail and musket although security requirements have remained essentially the same.

The Marine Detachment, USS NEWPORT NEWS is comprised of two officers and thirty-five enlisted Marines who have received special training for assignment to duties aboard naval vessels.  The Marine Detachment is responsible for providing the Guard of the Day which supervises the main deck and magazine security patrols, inspects critical spaces, provides orderlies for the ship's Captain and Executive Officers, supervises brig functions and provides an armed guard for riot control and small arms defensive measures.   The detachment is also responsible for fielding a precision drill team for ceremonial functions, manning a 5-inch gun mount (Mount 51) and training the ship's landing party.

 

 

Visit U.S. Marine Corps Website
(Press the "Back" button on your brower to return to this page)

Top of Page Keep on Cruisin' >>> Awards & Decorations
See Liberty in 1954
 


This Web Site is Sponsored by
Donations from Crew members and the USS Newport News Reunion Association

If you have additions or corrections to any pages on this web site and wish to contact one of our webmasters, Or if you want a description of each section of this web site, Please go to the "Site Map".