This Day in Naval History – Oct. 6

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

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.

1943 - In night Battle of Vella Lavella, 3 U.S. destroyers attack 9 Japanese destroyers to stop evacuation of Japanese troops from Vella Lavella., Solomon Islands

1958 - USS Seawolf (SSN-575) completes record submerged run of 60 days, logging over 13,700 nautical miles.

1962 - Commissioning of USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25), first nuclear-powered frigate

1987 - Destruction of 3 Iranian small boats

1997 - NASA Astronaut CDR Wendy B. Lawrence, USN returns from mission of STS-86: Shuttle -Mir 7 when Atlantis docked with Mir Space Station. The mission began on 25 September.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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