From the Navy News Service 1911 - Navigational instruments first requested for naval aircraft. 1951 - In Operation Summit, the first combat helicopter landing in history, U.S. Marines were landed in Korea. 1981 - USS Mount Hood (AE 29) and Navy helicopters rescue 18 crew members of Philippine Navy frigate, Datu Kalantiaw. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.
Today in U.S. naval history - May 6. 1909 - Great White Fleet anchors in San Francisco 1916 - First ship-to-shore radio telephone voice conversation from USS New Hampshire off Virginia Capes to SECNAV Josephus Daniels in Washington, DC 1942 – Capt. Milton Miles arrives in Chungking, China, to begin building an intelligence and guerilla training organization, Naval Group China 1945 - Naval landing force evacuates 500 Marshallese from Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands
Today in U.S. Naval history - May 22 1882 - Commodore Shufeldt signs commerce treaty opening Korea to U.S. trade 1958 - Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-climb records, May 22-23 1967 - New York City reaches agreement to purchase Brooklyn Navy Yard, ending 166 years of construction and repair of naval vessels. 1968 - USS Scorpion (SSN-589) lost with all hands For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history
1944 - In Operation Overlord, Allied invasion fleet (more than 2,700 ships and craft) land troops on Normandy beaches, the largest amphibious landing in history. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.
1863 - Confederate steamer David seriously damages USS New Ironsides with a spar torpedo off Charleston, S.C. 1913 - OWL (Over Water Land Type), the Navy's first amphibian flying boat, is tested at Hammondsport, N.Y. 1957 - Minitrack, a satellite tracking net developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, becomes operational. This network, with stations from Maine to Chile, tracked the Vangard satellite. For more information about naval history
Today in U.S. Naval History - May 16 1820 - Congress becomes first U.S. warship to visit China 1919 - Three Navy flying boats begin first trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland 1965 - First U.S. gunfire support in Vietnam by USS Tucker For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history.navy.mil.
Today in Naval History - May 3 1861 - USS Surprise captures Confederate privateer Savannah. 1898 - Marines land at Cavite, Philippines, and raise U.S. flag. 1949 - First Navy firing of a high altitude Viking rocket at White Sands, NM. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil .
1775 - The Continental Congress authorizes the building of 13 frigates. 1941 - Cmdr. William A. Sullivan designated the first supervisor of salvage, giving the supervisor an office in New York City. For more information about Naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.
1812 - USS Constitution recaptures American merchant brig Adeline. 1954 - Beginning of Operation Passage to Freedom, the transport of refugees from Haiphong to Saigon, Vietnam. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.
1861 - Steven R. Mallory, a former chairman of the U.S. House Naval Affairs Committee, is appointed Secretary of the Navy of the Confederate States. 1943 - American forces land unopposed on the Russell Islands, 30 miles northwest of Guadalcanal, beginning the advance through the central Solomons. 1944 - U.S. Marines, with support of naval bombardment and carrier aircraft, secure Eniwetok Atoll. 1991 - Marine AV-8Bs conduct bombing runs off the flight deck of USS Nassau (LHA 4)
Today in U.S. Naval History - May 23 1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in Arctic. 1939 - USS Squalus (SS-92) sinks off Postsmouth, NH, with loss of 26 lives. For more information about naval history
Today in U.S.Naval History - May 21 1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war 1944 - During preparations for the invasion of Saipan an accidental ordnance blast on LST 353 sets off cataclysmic ammunition
Today in U.S. Naval history - May 17 1940 - FDR announces plans to recommission 35 more destroyers 1942 - USS Tautog (SS-199) sinks Japanese sub, I-28; while USS Triton (SS-201) sinks I-164 1951 - Aircraft from carriers attack bridges between Wonsan and Hamhung, Korea
Today in U.S. Naval History - May 15 1800 – Capt. Preble in Essex arrives in Batavia, Java, to escort U.S. merchant ships 1942 - First Naval Air Transport Service flight across Pacific 1969 - Sinking of USS Guitarro (SSN-665)
This Day U.S. Naval History - May 14 1801 - Tripoli declares war against the United States 1836 - U.S. Exploring Expedition authorized to conduct exploration of Pacific Ocean and South Seas, first major scientific expedition overseas. Lt
Today in U.S. Naval History - May 13 1908 - Navy Nurse Corps established. 1943 - Bureau of Navigation renamed Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1945 - Aircraft from fast carrier task force begin two-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan.
Today in U.S. Naval History - May 9 1926 - LCDR Richard Byrd and Chief Machinist Mate Floyd Bennett make first flight over North Pole; both receive Congressional Medal of Honor. 1942 - USS Wasp in Mediterranean launches 47 Spitfire aircraft to help defend Malta
Today in U.S. Naval history - May 8 1911 - Navy ordered its first airplane, Curtiss A-1, Birthday of Naval Aviation. 1942 - Battle of the Coral Sea ends with Japanese retiring from area. 1945 - VE - Day, Germany's unconditional surrender to the Allies.
Today Day in Naval History - May 7 1942 - Carrier aircraft sink Japanese carrier Shoho during Battle of Coral Sea. The first day of the carrier battle of Coral Sea, May 7 1942, saw the Americans searching for carriers they knew were present and the Japanese looking for ones they feared might
This Day in Naval History - May 2 1975 - U.S. Navy departs Vietnamese waters at end of evacuation. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.
This Day in Naval History - May 1 1898 - Battle of Manila Bay, Adm Dewey defeats Spanish at Manila, Philippines Before dawn on May 1, 1898, Commodore George Dewey's flagship Olympia led seven U.S. Navy cruisers and gunboats into Manila Bay
OceanGate Inc. discovers Grumman F6F Hellcat off the coast of Miami using manned submersible, 2D and 3D sonar technologies. OceanGate discovered a World War II-era Grumman F6F Hellcat plane off the coast of Miami Beach. The plane was found during one of an ongoing series of dives in which
Inspectors from the Navy's Board of Inspection & Survey (INSURV) conduct a survey aboard the floating museum ship. After a storied history beginning in World War II, the battleship received its last official INSURV inspection in 1992, before becoming a floating museum on the James River.
From the Navy News Service: 1864 - Rear Adm. David Farragut's squadron captures Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay, winning control of Mobile Bay. 1958 - Massive concentration of Pacific Fleet in Quemoy-Matsu area prevents invasion of islands by China.
From the Navy News Service: 1813 - Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage three British ships in Hampton Roads, Va. 1815 - Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship.