In honor of the passing of our beloved Historical Director, Dr. Victor Keranen, the NHS Board of Directors decided to name the seat he vacated after him. The position of Historical Director was named in his honor in a unanimous decision on July 1. On July 2nd Chris Melhuish CAPT USN (ret) was unanimously welcomed to the NHS Board of Directors as the first occupant of the Dr. Victor Keranen Historical Chair. Chris was USS CONSTITUTION’s 65th Commanding Officer, and had the deck during her 1997 foray into the ocean, from Boston to Marblehead. He is now retired from active duty and lives in Norfolk VA.
Chris has been a key contributor to the USS HORNET Project since 2012, and was Master of Ceremonies for the unveiling of Hornet’s figurehead ‘Triumphant’ at the National Museum of the Navy in February. His transition from the Board of Advisors to the Board of Directors seems totally natural. He’s a person of great vision who is thoroughly connected throughout the Navy historical community.