Today in U.S. Naval History: August 19

Posted by Eric Haun
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 19

1812 - USS Constitution captures HMS Guerriere.

1812- Devastating hurricane struck the Navy's New Orleans station, delaying military preparations in the War of 1812

1818 - Capt. James Biddle takes possession of Oregon Territory for U.S.

1967 - Operation Coronado IV begins in Mekong Delta

1981 - Two VF-41 aircraft from USS Nimitz shoot down two Libyan aircraft which fired on them over international waters

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