Today in U.S. Naval history: May 17

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Today in U.S. Naval history - May 17

1940 - FDR announces plans to recommission 35 more destroyers

1942 - USS Tautog (SS-199) sinks Japanese sub, I-28; while USS Triton (SS-201) sinks I-164

1951 - Aircraft from carriers attack bridges between Wonsan and Hamhung, Korea

1962 - Naval amphibious ready group lands Marines to guard Thailand's borders from Communist probes

1966 - Naval Support Activity Saigon established

1973 - First woman to hold a major Navy command, Captain Robin Lindsay Quigley assumes command of Navy Service School, San Diego, CA.

1987 - USS Stark (FFG-31) struck by Iraqi Exocet missile in Persian Gulf, killing 37 Sailors. 21 were wounded.

1990 - USS Roark rescues 42 refugees from unseaworthy craft in South China Sea

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history.navy.mil.
 

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