Today in U.S. Naval History: May 12

Monday, May 12, 2014
USS David R. Ray (U.S. Navy photo by Kurt Draper)

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 12

1780 - Fall of Charleston, SC; three Continental Navy frigates (Boston, Providence, and Ranger) captured; and one American frigate (Queen of France) sunk to prevent capture

1846 - U.S. declares war against Mexico

1975 - SS Mayaguez seized by Khmer Rouge and escorted to Koh Tang Island.

1986 - Destroyer USS David R. Ray deters an Iranian Navy attempt to board a U.S. merchant ship.

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

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