Today in U.S. Naval History: August 23
Friday, August 23, 2013
USNS Kingsport (NASA photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 23

1864 - Rear Admiral David Farragut's squadron captures Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay winning control of Mobile Bay

1958 - Massive concentration of Pacific Fleet in Quemoy-Matsu area prevents invasion of islands by China.

1958 - In Taiwan Straits Crisis, Units of 7th Fleet move into Taiwan area to support Taiwan against Chinese Communists.

1963 - The first satellite communications ship, USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) in Lagos, Nigeria, connected President John F. Kennedy with Nigerian Prime Minister Balewa who was aboard for the first satellite (Syncom II) relayed telephone conversation between heads of state.

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