This Day in Naval History – March 31

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry negotiates Treaty of Kanagawa to open trade between U.S. and Japan

1971 - Poseidon (C-3) missile becomes operational when USS James Madison began her 3rd patrol carrying 16 tactical Poseidon missiles.

1992 - USS Missouri (BB-63), the last active American battleship is decommissioned.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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