The United States Naval Construction Battalions, also known as the Navy Seabees, have used materials reclaimed from historic U.S. warships to build a “Heritage” desk for the Vice President, which is similar to the famous “Resolute” desk that adorns the Oval Office in the White House. Another “Heritage” desk has also been built by them for the Navy secretary, also using materials reclaimed from U.S. warships. It is used by the Navy Secretary Thomas Harker
Military Times reported that Donald Trump had approved of this desk project when he was the president and that the idea of commissioning them came from his Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite. Although Braithwaite was unable to use it, he saw the finished desk before it reached the Pentagon, when he had gone on a visit to the Washington Navy Yard.
Wood, copper and nails from the USS Constitution were used to make the desk for Kamala Harris. It has a carved eagle which is surrounded by stars from the ship’s stern decorations. Harker’s desk has been made from materials that have been salvaged from six different ships three of which are the Chesapeake, Texas and New Jersey.
The USS Constitution was commissioned in 1794, under the presidency of George Washington. It was first launched in Boston, Massachusetts in 1797. It is the world’s oldest commissioned warship that still floats along the Baltimore Harbor.
Both the desks have pen trays. Inside these trays, there is a small piece of the famous ship the USS Arizona. This was the ship that the Japanese sunk at Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The Seabees built these desks in a workshop at the Navy Yard’s National Museum which is located in Washington D.C.
The “Resolute” Desk was a gift to the U.S. from Queen Victoria. It has been used by the last five presidents of the United States of America. Kamala Harris’ desk has been placed in her office. It is located in the West Wing of the White House.
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