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This Day in Navy History

September 16 1854 - CDR David G. Farragut takes possession of Mare Island, the first U.S. Navy Yard on the Pacific. 1917 - Navy Department authorizes establishment of 16 Naval air stations abroad 1922 - Commander Halsey Powell in USS Edsall became the senior officer directing the evacuation of 250,000 Greek refugees from Turkey after war between Greece and Turkey. 1940 - President Roosevelt signs Selective Training and Service Act, the first peacetime draft. 1958 - USS Grayback fires first operational launch of Regulus II surface to surface guided missile off CA coast; Missile carries first U.S. mail sent by guided missile. 1966 - USS Oriskany helicopters rescue 44-men crew of British merchant ship August Moon near Hong Kong September 17 1861 - Union landing party from USS Massachusetts takes possession of Ship Island south of New Orleans, LA. This was the headquarters for ADM David Farragut's Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron. 1944 - Navy Task Force lands Army troops on Angaur, Palau Islands supported by Navy carrier aircraft and shore bombardment September 18 1926 - Navy brings relief aid to Miami, FL, after a severe hurricane. 1936 - Squadron 40-T, based in the Mediterranean, established to protect U.S. interests and citizens around Iberian peninsula throughout the Spanish Civil War. 1941 - U.S. Navy ships escort eastbound British trans-Atlantic convoy for first time (Convoy HX-150). Although the U.S


This Day in Naval History – Feb. 20

1815 - USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart, captures HMS Cyane and sloop-of-war Levant 1962 – Lt. Col. John Glenn, USMC becomes first American to orbit Earth. His flight in Friendship 7 (Mercury 6) consisted of 3 orbits in 88 minutes at a velocity of 17,544 mph with the highest altitude of 162.2 statute miles. Recovery was by USS Noa (DD-841). 1962 - USS Dixie (AD-14) rescues lone crewman aboard a sailing yawl adrift for four days.


NASSCO Completes Drydock Extension

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) has completed the 200-ft. extension to its floating drydock. The work took five months to complete and included cutting the drydock in half to add the 200-ft. section to its center. The $20 million project expanded the drydock to a length of 785 ft., which will allow it to accommodate larger ships. The extension was a requirement for starting work on a $490 million contract for the U.S


Break Ships in the Bay Area?

According to the News-Times, San Francisco, just a brief distance from Suisun Bay, is where the Ghost Fleet vessels are located that Bay Bridge Enterprises wants to bring to Newport for shipbreaking. It is a much larger city than Newport, with its own industrial areas. Why can't those vessels be taken apart there or elsewhere in the Bay Area, several Newport residents have asked, instead of in Oregon? There are two old U.S. Navy shipyards in the Bay Area, but both are closed down


This Day in Naval History – Dec. 4

1918 - President Woodrow Wilson sails in USS George Washington for Paris Peace Conference. 1943 - Aircraft from USS Lexington (CV-16) and USS Independence (CVL-22) attack Kwajalein Atoll, sinking four Japanese ships and damaging five others, while only three U.S. ships suffered damage. 1944 - USS Flasher (SS-249) sinks Japanese destroyer Kishinami and damages a merchant ship in South China Sea. Flasher is only U.S. submarine to sink over 100,000 tons of enemy shipping in World War II.


This Day in Navy History

October 11 1776 - Revolutionaries fight the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, N.Y. Although defeated, the American flotilla delayed the British advance and caused it to fall back into winter quarters. 1824 - Marquis de Lafayette visits the Washington Navy Yard during his yearlong tour of America. He returned to the yard October 12, to continue his visit. 1942 - Battle of Cape Esperance begins. In the two-day battle


This Day in Naval History - Aug. 04

From the Navy News Service 1846 - Sailors and Marines from USS Congress capture Santa Barbara. 1858 - First trans-Atlantic cable completed by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon. 1944 - 5th Fleet carrier task forces begin air attack against Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands. 1947 - Birthdate of the Medical Service Corps. 1964 - USS Turner Joy (DD 951) and USS Maddox (DD 731) report being attacked by North Vietnamese PT boats in Gulf of Tonkin.


This Day in Naval History – Nov. 3

1853 - USS Constitution seizes suspected slaver H. N. Gambrill. 1931 - Dirigible USS Los Angeles makes 10 hour flight out of NAS Lakehurst, NJ, carrying 207 persons, establishing a new record for the number of passengers carried into the air by a single craft. 1943 - Battleship Oklahoma, sunk at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, is refloated. 1956 - USS Cambria (APA-36) removes 24 members of United Nations Truce Commission team from the Gaza Strip.


This Day in Naval History – Jan. 18

1911 - First aircraft landing on board a ship, USS Pennsylvania by Eugene Ely. 1962 - After a flash fire in the Persian Gulf on Danish tanker, Prima Maersk, burned a crewman, USS Duxbury Bay transfers a Navy doctor to help the Danish crewman and USS Soley took him to the nearest hospital at Bahrain Island. 1968 - Operation Coronado X begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam 1977 - The Trident (C-4) missile development flight test program commenced when C4X-1 was launched from a flight pad at


This Day in Naval History – August 3

1804 - American Squadron, including USS Constitution, attacks Tripoli 1812 - Frigate Essex capture British brig Brothers 1861 - Construction of USS Monitor authorized 1861 - First manned ascent in a balloon from a ship, gunboat USS Fanny, to observe Confederate artillery position at Hampton Roads, VA 1942 - Mildred McAffee (Horton) becomes the first woman officer commissioned into Naval Reserve. 1950 - First Marine Corps aviation mission against North Korea by VMF-214


CARAT Naval Exercises Kick Off in Singapore

CARAT Exercise meeting: Photo USN

The 20th annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, says US Navy Task Force 73 Public Affairs. In its 20th year, CARAT Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 30

USS Indianapolis (CA-35) preparing to leave Tinian after delivering atomic bomb components, circa July 26, 1945. She was sunk on July 30 while en route to the Philippines. (Donation of Major Harley G. Toomey, Jr., USAF(Retired), 1971, who took this photograph. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 30 1918 - Units of First Marine Aviation Force arrive at Brest, France 1941 - Japanese aircraft bomb USS Tutuila (PR-4) at Chungking, China; First Navy ship damaged by Axis during World War II. 1942 - Franklin D


BAE Systems Awarded Two Navy Contract Modifications

USS Gettysburg in Suez Canal: Photo USN

The US Department of Defense informs it has awarded separate contracts to BAE Systems in Jacksonville and in Norfolk for ship repairs and modifications as follows: 1. BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida, is being awarded an $54,698


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 31

USS Intrepid bow view, taken in dry dock, circa the 1870s. Note the torpedo projection device at her forefoot, pattern of her hull plating and the anchor hanging from her port hause pipe. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 31 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur concludes agreement with Bey of Tunis to compensate U.S. for seizure of merchant ships during the War of 1812. 1865 - East India Squadron established to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan.


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 14

USS Forrestal (CVA-59). Photographed by W.F. Radcliff, 1955. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 14 1813 - Lt. John M. Gamble, the first marine to command a ship in battle (prize vessel Greenwich in capture of British whaler Seringapatam) 1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry lands and holds first meeting with Japanese at Uraga, Japan


GLDD, BAE, Awarded DoD Contracts

Dredging Work off New York: File photo

U.S. Department of Defense informs that a New York Harbor dredging contract has been awarded to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD) and a Navy USS Jacinto drydocking contract to BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. Details as follows: 1. Dredging contract


Vigor Awarded USS Emory S. Land Drydock Contract

 USS Emory S. Land (AS 39): Photo in public domain

The U.S. Department of Defense informs that Vigor Industrial, LLC, of Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $16,984,940 firm-fixed-price contract for a 120-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking of USS Emory S. Land (AS 39). Work will include No. 1 and No


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 17

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 17 1858 - U.S. sloop Niagara departs Queenstown, Ireland, to assist in laying first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. 1898 - Santiago, Cuba surrenders to U.S. Naval forces. 1927 - First organized dive bombing attack in combat by Marine Corps pilots against


BAE Systems Awarded USS New Orleans Drydocking Contract

USS New Orleans: Photo USN

The U.S. Department of Defense informs that BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California, is being awarded a US$15,178,728 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00024-10-C-4407) for 'USS New Orleans' (LPD 18) fiscal 2014 selected restricted availability (SRA)


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 23

The watch crew in the control room of the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) maintain exact course and depth while the ship is passing under the polar ice gap. U.S. Navy Photo.

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 23 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.


DoD Awards Ingalls 'USS Ronald Reagan' Contract Modification

Carriers in San Diego yard: Photo USN

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) informs that Huntington Ingalls Inc., Newport News, Virginia, is being awarded a US$13,759,894 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee, incentive-fee contract (N00024-13-C-4315) for USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) fiscal 2014 planned incremental


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 25

USS Harmon (DE-72). U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives and Records Administration

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 25 1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in Penobscot Bay, Maine 1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards Fort Wagner, N.C. 1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut is appointed the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy


Three Share in Navy US$96.8-M Twin-Ship Modernization Contract

USS Blue Ridge: Photo USN

The U.S. Department of Defense informs that AMSEC LLC; CDI Marine Co. LLC; and Q.E.D. Systems Inc., (all located in Virginia Beach, Virginia) are each being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee/cost-only, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract for the procurement of material


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 28

USS Callaghan (DD-792)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 28 1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order 1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers.


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 29

Crew members fight a series of fires and explosions on the carrier USS Forrestals after flight deck, in the Gulf of Tonkin, 29 July 1967. The conflagration took place as heavily-armed and fueled aircraft were being prepared for combat missions over North Vietnam. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 29 1846 - Sailors and Marines from U.S. sloop Cyane capture San Diego, Calif. 1918 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Queenstown, Ireland 1945 - U.S. warships bombard Hamamatsu, Japan.






 
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