This Day in Naval History – August 5

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands, Honolulu

1864 - RADM David Farragut wins Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off last Confederate port on Gulf Coast

1882 - Authorizing of first steel warships, beginning of the modern Navy.

1915 - First air spotting for shore batteries at Fort Monroe, VA

1921 - Yangtze River Patrol Force established as command under Asiatic Fleet.

1953 - Exchange of prisoners of war of Korean Conflict (Operation Big Switch) begins

1967 - Operation Coronado III begins in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam

1990 - Navy and Marine Task Force (USS Saipan, USS Ponce, and USS Sumter) begin evacuation of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals from Liberia during civil war.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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