Protection of the nation's heritage is an essential part of the Department of the Navy (DON) mission - defense of the people, territory, institutions and heritage of the United States. According to SECNAVINST 4000.35A, Section 4.b, "The DON is a large scale owner of historic buildings, districts, archeological sites, ships, aircraft and other cultural resources. Protection of these components of the nation's heritage is an essential part of the defense mission, and the DON is committed to responsible cultural resources stewardship." SECNAVINST 4000.35A establishes policy and assigns responsibilities within the Navy and United States Marine Corps for fulfilling legally required cultural resource requirements.
The Navy Cultural Resources Program addresses several categories of cultural resources that fall under naval stewardship. Those categories are listed below. Click on any photograph to learn more about these resources and how the Cultural Resources Program addresses each type.