Today in U.S. Naval History - April 2
1781 - Frigate Alliance captures two British privateers, Mars and Minerva
1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begun at Portsmouth, Va.
1947 - UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship
1951 - First Navy use of jet aircraft as a bomber, launched from a carrier, USS Princeton.
1960 - USS Glacier begins 12 days of relief operations, providing helicopter and boat transportation and emergency supplies to residents of Paramaribo, Suriname after floods.
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