This Day in Navy History - Auguts 27-29

Navy News Service
Monday, August 29, 2011

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, FL, USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile.

August 28

1867 - Captain William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S.
1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College for training.
1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict.
1965 - CDR Scott Carpenter and 9 aquanauts enter SeaLab II, 205 ft. below Southern California's waters to conduct underwater living and working tests
1991 - A helicopter from USS America (CV-66) rescues 3 civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Capt May, NJ after their sailboat capsized.
1992 - Navy and Marine forces begin providing disaster relief after Typhoon Omar hit Guam
1992 - Marines and Army forces begin providing disaster relief in Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

August 29

1861 - U.S. squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, NC
1862 - Union gunboat Pittsburgh support Army troops in landing at Eunice, Arkansas
1915 - Navy salvage divers raise F-4, first U.S. submarine sunk in accident
1916 - Congress passes act for expansion of Navy but most ships not completed until after World War I.
1964 - USS Boxer and 2 LSDs arrive off coast of Hispaniola to give medical aid to Haiti and Dominican Republic which were badly damaged by Hurricane Cleo.




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