This Day in Naval History – May 12

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

1780 - Fall of Charleston, SC; three Continental Navy frigates (Boston, Providence, and Ranger) captured; and one American frigate (Queen of France) sunk to prevent capture

1846 - U.S. declares war against Mexico

1975 - SS Mayaguez seized by Khmer Rouge and escorted to Koh Tang Island.

1986 - Destroyer USS David R. Ray deters an Iranian Navy attempt to board a U.S. merchant ship.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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