This Day in Naval History - Aug. 15

Friday, August 15, 2008

From the Navy News Service

1845 - The U.S. Naval Academy is established at , , on former site of .
1895 - Commissioning of USS Texas, the first American steel-hulled battleship. served off during the Spanish-American War and took part in the naval battle of . Under the name of , she was sunk in weapon effects tests in in 1911. Her hulk continued in use as a gunnery target through World War II.
1908 - First Navy post offices established in Navy ships.
1944 - Operation Dragoon, Allied invasion of .
1953 - First naval officer appointed Chairman, Joints Chiefs of Staff, Adm. William Radford.
1958 - USS Lexington (CVA 16) arrives in vicinity of during Taiwan Straits
crisis.

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