This Day in Naval History - March 31

Friday, March 31, 2006
From the Navy News Service

1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry negotiates the Treaty of Kanagawa, opening trade between the United States and Japan.

1971 - The Poseidon (C-3) missile becomes operational when USS James Madison (SSBN 627) begins her third patrol, carrying 16 tactical Poseidon missiles.

1992 - USS Missouri (BB 63), the last active American battleship, is decommissioned.

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