Today in U.S. Naval History: November 5
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
USS Wake Island (CVE-65). Courtesy Aryeh Wetherhorn, U.S. Navy photo.

Today in U.S. Naval History - November 5

1775 - Commodore Esek Hopkins appointed to Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy.

1915 - In AB-2 flying boat, L.Cdr. Henry C. Mustin makes first underway catapult launch from a ship, USS North Carolina, at Pensacola Bay, Fla.

1917 - German submarine torpedoes USS Alcedo off French coast.

1923 - Tests designed to prove the feasibility of launching a small seaplane from a submarine occur at Hampton Roads Naval Base. A Martin MS-1, stored disassembled in a tank on board USS S-1, was removed and assembled. Then the submarine submerged allowing the plane to float free and take off.

1944 - TF 38 (Vice Admiral John S. McCain) begins two days of carrier strikes on Luzon, Philippines.

1945 - Ensign Jake C. West (VF-41) makes first jet landing on board a carrier, USS Wake Island (CVE-65) .

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