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The Charles E. Hawkins Squadron of the Texas Navy
Press release with photos by Robert Mihovil
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Texas Navy on El GaleonIn a ceremony on board the El Galeon at Pier 21 in Galveston on Saturday, April 22 Commanding Officer Admiral Chester F. Barnes, II of The Charles E. Hawkins Squadron of the Texas Navy, presented to Captain Pablo Gonzalez Nunez of the visiting Spanish galleon replica El Galeon, a Texas Navy flag, (the Hawkins Flag), a certificate naming Captain Nunez as an “Honorary Commodore” of the Texas Navy, and an engraved oak plaque designating the El Galeon as an honorary member of the “Hawkins Fleet”. 

The Texas Navy was organized in 1833, based in Galveston, and was active until Texas became a state in 1845.  The heroics of the Texas Navy protected the invading forces of Santa Anna from reaching the Battle of San Jacinto, ensuring Sam Houston’s victory. This and its subsequent protection of the Texas coast from the Mexican navy saved the republic.

As Teddy Roosevelt said: “Had it not been for the Texas Navy there probably would have never been a Republic of Texas, much less a state”.

The celebration of this event coincides with the celebration of the Battle of Independence fought on the fields of what is now the San Jacinto Monument & State Park.

We are honored to be a small part of the 181st anniversary of the battle of San Jacinto.

God Bless Texas

For information on images contact Robert Mihovil at (409)771-5668 and e-mail address

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