From the Navy News Service
1798 - Congress establishes Department of the Navy.
1975 - falls to North Vietnamese forces.
US Department of Defense, Navy, contracts awarded for 'Virginia-class' submarine propulsor sytem, and for support of 'USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) docking materials.
Future 'USS Michael Monsoor' (DDG 1001) keel authenticated at the General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard.
The keel authenticators were George and Sally Monsoor,
Today in U.S. Naval History - May 23
1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in Arctic.