This Day in Naval History - Aug. 18

Tuesday, August 17, 2004
From the Navy News Service

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 (AMGR 1) in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor.

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

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