Today in U.S. Naval History - April 2 1781 - Frigate Alliance captures two British privateers, Mars and Minerva 1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begun at Portsmouth, Va. 1947 - UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship 1951 - First Navy use of jet aircraft as a bomber, launched from a carrier, USS Princeton. 1960 - USS Glacier begins 12 days of relief operations, providing helicopter and boat transportation and emergency supplies to residents of Paramaribo, Suriname after floods. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
Today in U.S. Naval History - May 1 1898 - Battle of Manila Bay, Adm Dewey defeats Spanish at Manila, Philippines 1934 - Lt. Akers demonstrates blind landing system at College Park, Md. in OJ-2 aircraft 1945 - V.Adm. Barbey lands Australian troops on Tarakan Island, Borneo, supported by naval gunfire 1951 - USS Princeton aircraft attack Hwachon Dam using aerial torpedoes, only use of this weapon in Korean War
1775 - Benedict Arnold captures British sloop and renames her Enterprise, first of many famous ships with that name 1798 - Appointment of Benjamin Stoddert as first Secretary of the Navy 1969 - Launch of Apollo 10, dress rehearsal for first lunar landing mission. CDR John W. Young, USN, was the Command Module Pilot and CDR Eugene A. Cernan, USN, was the Lunar Module Pilot. During the 8 Day mission, the craft made 31 lunar orbits in 61.6 hours
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is moored near the Republic of Korean submarine Sohn Won-il (SSK 072) at Busan Naval Base. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is taking part in Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008, an annual joint exercise involving forces from the U.S. and the ROK. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lou Rosales From Nimitz Carrier Strike Group 11 Public Affairs USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
From the Navy News Service 1781 - Navy frigate Alliance captures two British privateers, Mars and Minerva. 1827 - Construction of the first naval hospital begins at Portsmouth, Va. 1898 - U.S. Naval Academy coat-of-arms is adopted. 1947 - The United Nations places former Japanese-mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship. 1951 - The first Navy use of a jet aircraft as a bomber; it is launched from the carrier USS Princeton (CV 37).
From the Navy News Service 1873 - Lt. Charles Belknap calls a meeting at the to establish the U.S. Naval Institute for the purpose of disseminating scientific and professional knowledge throughout the Navy. 1942 - The first three schools for enlisted WAVES open in , (yeoman); , (storekeepers); and (radiomen). 1945 - A parade in honors Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz and 13 other Medal of Honor recipients. 1961 - USS Princeton (LPH 5) rescues 74 survivors of two shipwrecks ( lines Pioneer
October 9, 1873 - LT Charles Belknap calls a meeting at the Naval Academy to establish the U.S. Naval Institute for the purpose of disseminating scientific and professional knowledge throughout the Navy. 1942 - First three schools for enlisted WAVES open at Stillwater, OK (Yeoman), Bloomington, IN (Storekeepers), and Madison, WI (Radiomen). 1945 - Parade in New York City honors FADM Chester W. Nimitz and 13 other Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor winners.
1943 - At Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Japanese aircraft conduct the largest raid since April 7. Although a large number of enemy planes are shot down, LST-340 and USS Celeno (AK-76) are damaged. 1944 - Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert H. McCard serves as a platoon sergeant with Company A, Fourth Tank Battalion, Fourth Marine Division as they fight against the Japanese at the Battle of Saipan, Marianas Islands. With his tank destroyed by enemy 77-mm
Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) transit alongside Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Gulf of Oman. All three ships are part of three different strike groups that are on scheduled deployments in support of maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul J. Perkins
From the Navy News Service: 1863 - CSS Alabama sinks USS Hatteras off Galveston. 1900 - The gunboat Princeton takes possession of the Batan Islands in the northern Philippines. 1944 - Aircraft from USS Block Island (CVE 21) lead the first aircraft rocket attack on a German submarine. For more news, visit www.history.navy.mil.
1819 - Commodore Oliver H. Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie, dies on board the schooner, USS Nonsuch, in Trinidad of a fever contracted during his successful efforts to suppress piracy while maintaining the friendship of Latin American governments. It was his 34th birthday.
1833 - The frigate Constitution is the first vessel to enter the newly-built dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. for overhaul. A false rumor circulates in Boston in 1830 that the U.S. Navy intends to scrap the ship; young Oliver Wendell Holmes pens his poem "Old
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.
1944 - Task Force 58 begins bombing of Japanese airfields, shipping, fleet servicing facilities, and other installations at Palau, Yap, Ulithi, and Woleai in the Carolines. 1944 - USS Darter (SS 227) sinks a Japanese army cargo ship near New Guinea, despite the presence of an escort vessel
The officers and crew of guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) were named as the recipients of the 2014 Navy Region Southwest "Project Good Neighbor" flagship award for medium-sized sea duty commands, Sept. 29. Princeton was one of eight Navy Region Southwest units
Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15 1885 - Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution 1912 - USS Chester and USS Salem sailed from MA to assist RMS Titanic survivors 1918 - First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, Fla.
Today in U.S. Naval History - March 7 1958 - Commissioning of USS Grayback, first submarine built from keel up with guided missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile. 1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) rescues four Russian soldiers from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island
Today in U.S. Naval History - February 28 1844 - Explosion of Peacemaker, experimental 14 inch gun, on board USS Princeton. 1893 - Launching of USS Indiana (BB-1), first true battleship in U.S. Navy. 1959 - USS Strong rescues 13 Arab fishermen from Bahrain when their fishing boats
US Department of Defense, Navy, has awarded three contracts to BAE Systems, San Diego, and another to the same company in Hawaii, as follows: Firstly BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair Inc., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $70,777,435 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee
Today in Naval History - October 8 1812 - Boat party under Lt. Jesse D. Elliott captures HMS Detroit and Caledonia in Niagara River. 1842 - Commodore Lawrence Kearny in USS Constitution addresses a letter to the Viceroy of China, urging that American merchants in China be granted the same
The U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrives to participate in joint naval drills as part of routine training according to the Combined Forces Command. The 97,000-ton Nimitz, one of the world's largest warships, made a port call at the southeastern port city of Busan for a three-day stay to
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
Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), which is currently providing logistical support for U.S. Pacific Fleet's biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii, will deliver 900,000 gallons of a 50-50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional
USNS 'Henry J. Kaiser 'loads biofuel for RIMPAC 2012's Great Green Fleet Demo by the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) loads of 900,000 gallons of a 50/50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel at
October 6 1884 - Department of the Navy establishes the Naval War College at Newport, RI (General Order 325). 1940 - Fourth group of 8 U.S. destroyers involved in Destroyers for Bases Deal are turned over to British authorities at Halifax, Canada.