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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.

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 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 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

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

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 – Feb. 22

1865 - RADM Porter's gunboats' bombardment cause surrender of Wilmington, NC . 1870 - After arriving on USS Nipsic, and supported by USS Guard and USS Nyack, the Darien Expedition, commanded by CDR Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., begins active operations ashore at Caldonia Bay to survery the Isthmus of Darien, Panama, for an interoceanic ship canal. 1909 - Great White Fleet returns from round the world cruise to Hampton Roads, VA

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

Keel Laid of US Navy’s Future LCS Billings

A welder authenticates the keel by welding the initials of the ships sponsor, Sharla D. Tester, onto the keel plate of the U.S. Navys fifteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Keel Laying is the formal recognition of the start of the ship and module construction process. (U.S. Navy photo by Lockheed Martin)

A keel laying ceremony was held Monday for the U.S. Navy’s future USS Billings (LCS 15) at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.   Sharla Tester, Billings' sponsor and wife of Sen. Jon Tester, authenticated the ship's keel

Essex Amphibious Ready Group in S. China Sea

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts maneuvers during normal operations Courtesy USN

  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. The ARG's flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

Chiarello, Cox and McKenna Named AOTOS Award Winners

Matt Cox, Anthony Chiarello and Jim McKenna with their USS AOTOS statues.

The United Seamen's Service (USS) honored Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE Inc.; Matthew J. Cox, President and CEO of Matson; and James C. McKenna, President and CEO of Pacific Maritime Association with the 2015 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Award.  

India, US, Japan Naval Drills Begins, Irks China

Image: US Navy

 India, Japan and the United States kicked off the first joint naval exercises  in the Bay of Bengal in eight years and such drills will occur each year, Indian government sources said.   The Japanese Maritime-Self Defense Force (JMSF) confimed that it will Permanently Join

U.S., Indian, Japan Navies to Participate in Malabar

Official U.S. Navy file photo.

  Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2015, Oct. 14-19, 2015. Malabar 2015 is a complex, high-end warfighting exercise that has grown in scope and complexity over the years and is the latest in a continuing

Kearsarge Celebrates 240 Years of Navy’s Pride

 Capt. David Bossert, commanding officer of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), speaks during a celebration of the Navy’s 240th birthday aboard the amphibious assault ship.

  The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) flagship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) celebrated the Navy’s 240th birthday Oct. 13, 2015. The Kearsarge ARG team is comprised of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)

USS Porter Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG 78) fires its close-in weapons system during a live-fire exercise as part of a passing exercise with allied and partner nations Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in a bilateral passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from the navies of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea, Oct. 13 and 14, 2015.

Exercise Malabar 2015 Launched

Officers from Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, and U.S. Navy meet for an executive officers call in the wardroom of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) as part of Exercise Malabar.

   Naval forces and liaisons from India, Japan and United States begin Exercise Malabar 2015, Oct. 16, through air defense collaboration. The featured cooperation consists of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Airwing (CVW) 1

CNO, MCPON Visit Sailors in U.S. 5th Fleet

Lt. Cmdr. Robert Mclaughlin asks Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens a question during an all hands call at NSA Bahrain

  The Navy's 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson, made his first visit to the U.S. 5th Fleet, accompanied by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Oct. 18.

Chinese Navy Ships to Visit Mayport

Type 52 Luyang II guided missile destroyer Jinan

 Three People's Liberation Army-Navy ships are scheduled to visit Naval Station Mayport as part of a routine goodwill port visit, Nov. 3-7. Three vessels are on an around-the-world deployment and will conduct the goodwill visit after completing port calls in Europe

US DoD: Navy Patroling in S.China Sea

The U.S. Navy sent a warship on Tuesday within 12 nautical miles of two artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. defence official told Reuters, in a challenge to China's territorial claims in the area. The official said the patrol was carried out by the destroyer USS

China Shadows US Warship in Disputed Sea

USS Lassen (U.S. Navy photo)

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed close to China's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said it warned and followed the American vessel.   The patrol by the USS Lassen was the most significant U.S

US Sees More Frequent Patrols in South China Sea

USS Lassen (Photo: U.S. Navy)

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer was followed at a safe distance by a Chinese ship as the U.S. ship sailed inside the 12-nautical-mile limit of artificial islands built by China in the disputed South China Sea, but no incidents were reported during the passage, a U.S

Leadership Changes at Huntington Ingalls Industries

Christopher D. Kastner (Photo: HII)

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today a number of changes across its leadership team. HII’s Board of Directors has elected Christopher D. Kastner to succeed Barbara A. Niland as the company’s chief financial officer and corporate vice president

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