Nov. 16: 1776 - First salute to an American flag (Grand Union flag) flying from Continental Navy ship Andrew
Doria, by Dutch fort at St. Eustatius, West Indies.
1856 - Barrier Forts reduction began at Canton China.
1942 - Navy's first Night Fighter squadron (VMF
(N)-531) established at Cherry Point, N.C.
1963 - President John F. Kennedy on USS Observation Island (AG 154) witnesses launch of Polaris A-2 missile by USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619).
1968 - Operation Tran Hung Dao began in Mekong Delta.
1973 - Launch of Skylab 4 under command of Lt. Col. Gerald P. Carr, USMC
. The mission lasted 84 days and included 1,214 Earth orbits. Recovery by USS New Orleans