This Day in Naval History- March 3

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

1776 - First amphibious landing operation. Continental naval squadron under Commodore Esek Hopkins lands Sailors and Marines, commanded by Captain Samuel Nicholas, on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, capturing urgently-needed ordnance and gunpowder.

1871 - Navy Medical Corps established

1883 - Congress authorizes 4 modern ships of steel, "A,B,C, D Ships"; three cruisers, Atlanta, Boston and Chicago, and dispatch boat Dolphin

1915 - Office of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) established

1915 - Congress creates Federal Naval Reserve. Under it Naval Reserve Force built up

1960 - USS Sargo return to Hawaii from arctic cruise of 11,000 miles, 6,003 miles under the polar ice

(Source: Navy News Service)

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