This Day in Naval History – August 18

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

1838 - Exploring Expedition under LT Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise.

1911 - First Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, appointed

1965 - First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight captures 2,000 Viet Cong

1966 - First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor

1974 - After flooding in Philippines, Navy helicopters begin 6 days of operations to rescue people and bring supplies (244 flights)

(Source: Navy News Service)

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