This Day in Naval History – September 26

Monday, September 26, 2011

1781 - French fleet defeats British at Yorktown, VA

1910 - First recorded reference to provision for aviation in Navy Department organization
1918 - USCGC Tampa lost with 118 men, probably by German submarine
1931 - Keel laying at Newport News, VA of USS Ranger (CV-4), first ship designed and constructed as an aircraft carrier
1963 - First steam-eject launch of Polaris missile at sea off Cape Canaveral, FL (now Cape Kennedy) from USS Observation Island (EAG-154)
 

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