This Day in Naval History – March 16

Monday, March 16, 2009

1911 - Hulk of USS Maine sunk at sea in deep water with full military honors.

1945 - Iwo Jima declared secure.

1966 - Launch of Gemini 8. Former naval aviator Neil Armstrong flew on this mission which completed 7 orbits in 10 hours and 41 minutes at an altitude of 161.3 nautical miles. Recovery was by USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852).

(Source: Navy News Service)

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