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Today in U.S. Naval History: February 13

Arlington, Va. Radio Masts for the Navys wireless station (Harris & Ewing glass negative)

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 13 1854 - Admiral Perry anchors off Yokosuka, Japan to receive Emperor's reply to treaty proposal 1913 - Naval Radio Station, Arlington, Va. begins operations 1945 - First naval units enter Manila Bay since 1942 1968 - Operation Coronado XI begins in Mekong Delta For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 9

USS Swordfish (SS-193). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 9 1938 - Prototype shipboard radar, designed and built by the Naval Research Laboratory, is installed on USS New York (BB-34). 1941 - USS Swordfish (SS-193) makes initial U.S. submarine attack on Japanese ship. 1952 - Strike by aircraft from Task Force 77 destroys munitions factory and rail facilities near Rashin, North Korea For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil


Today in U.S. Naval History: January 31

Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. (U.S. NHHC Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - January 31 1944 - American amphibious landing on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands 1961 - Lieutenant Commander Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. becomes first African-American to command a combat ship, USS Falgout 1981 - Era of Enlisted Naval Aviators ends when last pilot retired For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 19

Painting from the U.S. Library of Congress of the frigate USS Constitution

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 19 1814 - USS Constitution captures British brig Catherine 1945 - Marines with naval gunfire support land on Iwo Jima; island secured March.16 For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 26

Captain Sue S. Dauser (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 26 1811 - Congress authorizes first naval hospital 1913 - Approval of experimental wind tunnel for Navy 1944 - Sue Sophia Dauser, Superintendent of the Navy's Nurse Corps is first woman in Navy to receive rank of Captain. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 26

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 26 1775 - Rhode Island Resolve: Rhode Island delegates to Continental Congress press for creation of Continental Navy to protect the colonies 1839 - Brig Washington seizes Spanish slaver, Amistad near Montauk Point, N.Y. 1861 - Union amphibious force lands near Hatteras, N.C. 1865 - Civil War ends with Naval strength over 58,500 men and 600 ships For more information about naval history


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 14

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 14 1813 - HMS Pelican captures USS Argus 1886 - SECNAV establishes Naval Gun Factory at Washington Navy Yard 1945 - Japan agrees to surrender; last Japanese ships sunk during World War II (August 15 in DC) For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 25

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 25 1941 - In first successful U.S. Navy escort of convoys during World War II, Navy escort turn over HX-150 to British escorts at the Mid-Ocean Meeting Point. All ships reach port safely. 1957 - In project Stratoscope, Office of Naval Research obtains sharp photographs of sun's corona from first balloon-borne telescope camera. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil


Today in U.S. Naval History: January 9

Steamship Star of the West, with reinforcements for Major Anderson, approaching Fort Sumter (Image courtesy United States Library of Congress)

Today in U.S. Naval History - January 9 1861 - Union steamer Star of the West fired on in Charleston Harbor 1918 - Establishment of Naval Overseas Transportation Service to carry cargo during WWI 1945 - Carrier aircraft begin two-day attack on Japanese forces, Luzon, Philippines For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 17

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 17 1833 - USS Delaware enters drydock at Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Va., the first warship to enter a public drydock in the United States 1870 - USS Mohican burns Mexican pirate ship Forward 1898 - Navy Hospital Corps established 1940 - Chief of Naval Operations asks Congress for money to build two-ocean Navy For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil


This Day In Naval History: April 11

Oil on canvas by the artist Tom Freeman entitled Homecoming, Annapolis Commissioning. The Annapolis (SSN-760) was commissioned 11 April 1992 at the Electric Boat Div., General Dynamics Corp, Groton, CT. (Courtesy of USNI)

1783 - Congress declares the cessation of arms against Great Britain, just a few days after British Parliament passed a similar resolution, thus ending hostilities of the American Revolution. 1944 - USS Redfin (SS 272) sinks the Japanese destroyer Akigumo in the eastern entrance to Basilan


This Day In Naval History: April 15

USS Yorktown (CV 10) (U.S. Navy photo)

1912 - The scout cruisers USS Chester (CL 1) and USS Salem (CL 3) sail from Massachusetts to assist RMS Titanic survivors, and escort RMS Carpathia, which carried the survivors of the Titanic, to New York. 1914 - USS New York (BB 34) is commissioned.


This Day In Naval History: April 25

The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) mans the rails after bringing the ship to life at the ships commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Rebekah Blowers)

1862 - Union Flag Officer David G. Farraguts fleet sails into New Orleans, La., after long preparation and fierce battles while passing through the Confederate defenses of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip the previous day.   1914 - In the first use of U.S


This Day In Naval History: April 27

USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) was launched April 27, 1963. (Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum courtesy of Darryl L. Baker)

1805 - With naval bombardment from USS Nautilus, USS Hornet, and USS Argus, Lt. Presley OBannon leads his Marines to attack Derne, Tripoli, and raises the first U.S. flag over foreign soil. The Battle of Derna was the Marines' first battle on foreign soil


This Day In Naval History - February 29

USS Jefferson City during sea trials in 1991 (U.S. Navy photo)

1992 - Fast Attack Submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) is commissioned.   (Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division)


This Day In Naval History - March 1

USS Harvest Moon (Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1903, depicting the ship underway during the Civil War. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

  1865 - Side-wheel steamship Harvest Moon, while underway near Georgetown, S.C., with Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren on board, hits a Confederate mine (or "torpedo" in contemporary terms) and sinks with the loss of one of her crew.  


This Day In Naval History - March 8

Image: US Library of Congress

1822 - Crew from the schooner Enterprise capture and burn seven small pirate vessels off Cape Antonio, Cuba.   1862 - The ironclad CSS Virginia destroys the wooden ships USS Cumberland and USS Congress in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  


This Day In Naval History: March 10

USS New Orleans (LPD-18) on March 10, 2007 (U.S. Navy photo by William Townsend)

1783 - The last naval action of the American Revolution takes place when the Continental frigate Alliance, commanded by Capt. John Barry, battles HMS Sybil south of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Sybil is damaged in the fight and returns to the two warships that did not join in the battle.


This Day In Naval History: March 11

George Bancroft (Photo: United States Library of Congress)

 1778 - During the American Revolution, the Continental frigate Boston captures the British ship Martha in the North Atlantic.   1845 - George Bancroft takes office as the 17th Secretary of the Navy. Although he serves in that position only 18 months


This Day In Naval History: March 22

1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur was mortally wounded in a duel with Capt. James Barron at Bladensburg, Md., over criticism Decatur had when Barron lost his ship, USS Chesapeake, to HMS Leopard in 1807.   1915 - "Naval Aviator" replaces the title "Navy Air Pilot" for


Missing Tugboat Found after 95 Years

USS Conestoga at San Diego, January 1921 (Naval Historical Center Photograph)

The USS Conestoga (AT 54) mysteriously vanished without a distress call nearly 100 years ago, with 56 officers and sailors on board. The nation was gripped by the puzzling disappearance.   Now, NOAA and the U.S. Navy announced the Navy seagoing fleet tugboat has been found in the Greater


This Day In Naval History: March 24

Kentucky (BB-6) ready for launching at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, March 24, 1898. Note chalk marks on her hull plating, indicating the planned location of fittings and gun ports. (Photo: U.S. Naval Historical Center)

1898 - The battleship USS Kentucky (BB 6) is launched in Newport News, Va. 1903 - Adm. George Dewey is commissioned Admiral of the Navy, the only person to hold this rank. Upon his death Jan. 16, 1917, Congress deactivates the rank. 1919 - The battleship USS Idaho (BB 42) is commissioned


This Day In Naval History: March 31

Portrait of Commodore Matthew C. Perry (Image: Naval History and Heritage Command)

1854 - Commodore Matthew C. Perry and Japanese officials sign the Treaty of Kanagawa, opening trade between U.S. and Japan. The treaty also provided protection for American merchant seamen wrecked in Japanese waters. 1917 - Rear Adm. James H


This Day In Naval History: April 1

USS Marvin Shields (FF 1066) (U.S. Navy photo by PH2 John Cross from the DVIC)

1893 - Navy General Order 409 establishes the rank of Chief Petty Officer.   1899 - A landing party of 60 men from USS Philadelphia (C 4) and a force of 100 friendly natives join 62 men from HMS Porpoise and Royal Isle in Samoa to establish order over Samoan throne.  


This Day In Naval History: April 8

1823 - The barges USS Mosquito, USS Gallinipper, and sloop-of-war Peacock chase the pirate schooner, Pilot, which is driven ashore off Havana, Cuba.   1848 - The first U.S. flag is flown over the Sea of Galilee when Lt. William F. Lynch sails in an iron boat up the Jordan River






 
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