Today in U.S. Naval History - January 17
1832- USS Peacock makes contact with Vietnamese court officials
1900 - U.S. (Cdr. Taussig in USS Bennington) takes formal possession of Wake Island
1955 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the first nuclear-powered submarine, casts off lines at 1100 and sends message "underway on nuclear power"
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