Today in U.S. Naval History: March 13
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Rough sketch of USS Holland (SS-1) which became the U.S. Navy's first modern commissioned submarine (U.S. Navy image)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 13

1895 - Award of first submarine building contract to John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Co.

1917 - Armed merchant ships authorized to take action against U-boats.

1959 - Naval Research Laboratory takes first ultraviolet pictures of sun.

1963 - USS Albany (CG-10) and aircraft from Navy Airborne Early Warning Squadron Four from Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico aid five ill crewmembers of Norwegian freighter Jotunfjell.

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