This Day in Naval History - Feb. 28

Thursday, February 28, 2008
1844 - The Peacemaker, an experimental 14-inch gun, explodes aboard USS Princeton.

1893 - USS Indiana (BB 1), the first true battleship in the U.S. Navy, is launched.

1959 - USS Strong (DD 758) rescues 13 Arab fishermen from Bahrain when their fishing boats flounder in a storm.

1980 - The blue crew of USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) launches four Trident I (C-4) missiles in the first C-4 operational test.

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at

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