This Day in Naval History – March 23

Monday, March 23, 2009

1815 - USS Hornet captures HMS Penguin in battle lasting 22 minutes

1882 - SECNAV Hunt issues General Order No. 292 creating Office of Naval Intelligence.

1917 - Launching of USS New Mexico, first dreadnought with turboelectric drive

1945 - Carriers begin pre-assault strikes on Okinawa, kamikaze attacks follow

1958 - First launching of simulated Polaris missile from submerged tactical launcher facility off CA.

1965 - LCDR John W. Young, USN, Pilot of Gemini 3 completed 3 orbits in 4 hours., 53 minutes at an altitude of 224 km. Recovery was by helicopters from USS Intrepid (CVS-11).

(Source: Navy News Service)

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