This Day in Naval History - February 8th
From the Navy News Service:
- 1862 - A Union joint amphibious force captures Roanoke Island, N.C., opening the entire North Carolina coast to the Federals.
- 1890 - USS Omaha Sailors and Marines assist the city of Hodogary, Japan, in subduing a large fire.
- 1974 - Three Skylab III astronauts are recovered by USS New Orleans (LPH 11) in the Pacific Ocean about 150 miles west of San Diego.
- 1991 - Battleship USS New Jersey (BB 62) is decommissioned at Long Beach, Calif.