1853 - Five Navy ships leave Norfolk, VA on 3 year exploring expedition to survey the far Pacific 1927 - USS Memphis arrives at Washington, DC, with Charles Lindbergh and his plane, Spirit of St. Louis, after his non-stop flight across the Atlantic 1944 - U.S. battleships off Normandy provide gunfire support. 1953 - Navy ships evacuate 20,000 Koreans from West Coast Islands to safety south of 17th parallel (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)
1917 - First Navy ships, Destroyer Division 8, arrive at Queenstown, Ireland, to provide convoy escorts against German U-boats 1942 - Battle of Coral Sea, first carrier vs. carrier battle, begins 1945 - Japanese attempt to land on Okinawa repulsed; kamikaze attacks damage 6 U.S. Navy ships 1961 - Pilot CDR Malcolm D. Ross, USNR, and medical observer LCDR Victor A. Prather, Jr., ascended in two hours to over 110,00 feet in Strato-Lab 5
According to an AP report, if a Hawaii group has its way, retired Navy ships -- often used as museums, for training purposes or simply as scrap metal -- may have a new lease on life: as homeless shelters. The 642-ft destroyer tender Acadia was built in 1981 and sailed around the world several times with a crew of 1,500 before it was decommissioned in 1994. In January, Navy officials decided to dispose of, sell off or give away the vessel, which is docked at Pearl Harbor.
1859 - Launch of Saginaw at Mare Island, first Navy ship built on West Coast of U.S. 1867 - Birthday of Civil Engineer Corps. 1899 - Act of Congress creates the rank Admiral of the Navy for George Dewey. 1973 - Women begin pilot training to U.S. Navy. (Source: Navy News Service)
1842 - Congress replaces the Board of Navy Commissioners, a group of senior officer who oversaw naval technical affairs, with the five technical Bureaus, ancestors of the Systems Commands. One of the 1842 Bureau, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, continues to serve under its original name. 1943 - Commissioning of USS Harmon (DE-678), first Navy ship named for an African American Sailor. 1944 - Carrier task group begins 3-day attack on Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands
1794 - First officers of the U.S. Navy under the Constitution are appointed. The first six captains appointed to superintend the construction of new ships were John Barry, Samuel Nicholson, Silas Talbot, Joshua Barney, Richard Dale, and Thomas Truxtun. 1917 - First military unit sent to France, First Naval Aeronautical Detachment, reaches France aboard USS Jupiter (AC 3). 1945 - Typhoon off Okinawa damages many U.S. Navy ships.
Today in U.S. Naval history – June 5 1794 - First officers of the U.S. Navy under the Constitution are appointed. The first 6 captains appointed to superintend the construction of new ships were John Barry, Samuel Nicholson, Silas Talbot, Joshua Barney, Richard Dale, and Thomas Truxtun 1917 - First military unit sent to France, First Naval Aeronautical Detachment, reaches France on board USS Jupiter 1945 - Typhoon off Okinawa damages many U.S. Navy ships
Today in U.S. Naval History - March 19 1898 - USS Oregon departs San Francisco for 14,000 mile trip around South America to join U.S. Squadron off Cuba 1917 - Navy Department authorizes enrollment of women in Naval Reserve with ratings of yeoman, radio electrician, or other essential ratings. 1942 - SecNav gave Civil Engineering Corps command of Seabees 2003 - Operation Iraqi Freedom begins with Tomahawk strikes from Navy ships and submarines.
From the Navy News Service 1947 - First Navy all jet squadron (VF-17A) receives its first aircraft (FH). 1948 - USS Putnum (DD 757) evacuates U.N. team from Haifa, Israel and becomes first U.S. Navy ship to fly the U.N. flag. 1950 - USS Boxer sets record crossing of Pacific to bring aircraft, troops, and supplies to Korea at start of the Conflict. 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN 571) departs Pearl Harbor for first submerged transit of North Pole.
1898 - USS Oregon departs San Francisco for 14,000 mile trip around South America to join U.S. Squadron off Cuba 1917 - Navy Department authorizes enrollment of women in Naval Reserve with ratings of yeoman, radio electrician, or other essential ratings. 1942 - SecNav gave Civil Engineering Corps command of Seabees 2003 - Operation Iraqi Freedom begins with Tomahawk strikes from Navy ships and submarines. (Source: Navy News
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