This Day in Naval History - June 03

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

From Navy News Service

1785 - Order received to sell last ship remaining in Continental Navy, frigate . No other Navy were ships authorized until 1794.
1898 - Collier Merrimac sunk in channel leading to in unsuccessful attempt to trap Spanish fleet. The crew was captured and later received the Medal of Honor.
1949 - Wesley A. Brown becomes the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy.
1966 - Launch of Gemini 9, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan. The mission included 45 orbits over three days. Recovery was by USS Wasp (CVS 18).

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