Today in U.S. Naval History: August 27

Posted by Eric Haun
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
USS Observation Island (E-AG-154). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 27

1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France

1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese.

1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan.

1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, Fla., USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile.

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