This Day in Naval History - Jan. 17

Monday, January 16, 2006
From the Navy News Service

1832 - The frigate USS Peacock makes contact with Vietnamese court officials.

1900 - Cmdr. Edward D. Taussig, commanding officer of the gunboat USS Bennington (PG 4), takes formal possession of Wake Island.

1954 - USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the first nuclear-powered submarine, is commissioned at Groton, Conn. After setting sail, it sends the message: "Underway on nuclear power."

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