This Day in Naval History – May 18

Monday, May 18, 2009

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. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Princeton (LPH-5).

(Source: Navy News Service)

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