Today in U.S. Naval History: October 16
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Capt. Alfred Thayer Mahan. Artist: H. Peterson after Alexander James. (Photo: U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command)

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 16

1885 - Capt. Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN, becomes Superintendent of the Naval War College

1891 - Baltimore Incident, Valparaiso, Chile.

1940 - Fifth group of 10 destroyers from the Destroyers for Bases Deal turned over to British at Halifax, Canada.

1942 - Carrier aircraft from USS Hornet (CV-8) conduct attacks on Japanese troops on Guadalcanal.

1943 - Navy accepts its first helicopter, a Sikorsky YR-4B (HNS-1) at Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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