Navy transfers artifacts from DC to Richmond, Va.

140226-N-ZZ999-202 WASHINGTON (Feb. 26, 2014) The official Naval History and Heritage Command logo. (U.S. Navy photo illustration/Released) The symbolism of the logo is rich and reflective of the elements of the purpose of NHHC. The logo's centerpiece is USS Constitution, the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship, which represents the Navy's commitment to warfighting readiness from its 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 is an important element of the Navy's course. 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 provide direction to its future. 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 -- blue representing the ocean and seas and gold for integrity and valor. Use of the NHHC logo is restricted to official use only requiring the permission of the NHHC Communication and Outreach Division. Questions about the logo and authorized use may be directed to NHHC at 202-433-7880.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Navy has finished transferring artifacts from a facility at the Washington Navy Yard to one in Richmond.

The move announced Tuesday is part of an ongoing project to transfer more than 300,000 artifacts from warehouses at three different locations.

Completing the project is expected to take another 15 months. Once finished, it will allow the Navy to centrally locate the vast majority of its artifacts.

The Naval History and Heritage Command says the consolidation will result in improved care, management and oversight of the collection. The Navy says the refurbished building in Richmond has better environmental controls for high-risk artifacts, proper shelving and an area for conserving and preserving the artifacts.

The Navy says the move doesn’t affect the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, which remains in Washington.

To view photos of some of the historic naval artifacts in the NHHC collection, check out the command’s Flickr page at

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