Midway Island News

03 Jun 2016

This Day In Naval History: June 3

1785 - The order is given to sell the last ship remaining in the Continental Navy, the frigate Alliance. No other Navy ships are authorized until 1794. 1898 - During the Spanish-American War, the 8-man volunteer crew from USS Merrimac are taken as prisoners of war by the Spanish following a courageous attempt to sink the collier to obstruct navigation. For their extraordinary heroism during this operation, the men are awarded the Medal of Honor. 1942 - The Japanese start a two-day attack at Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, in an attempt to distract America from the Midway Island invasion. During the two-day invasion, 43 Americans die. 1949 - Midshipman Wesley A. Brown becomes the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. 1966 - Gemini 9 is launched.

02 Sep 2015

US Navy Awards $22mln Waterfront Inspection Deal

The U.S. Navy has awarded a five-year, $22 million contract to Appledore Marine Engineering, a specialist focusing exclusively on the inspection and design of marine infrastructure, for waterfront inspection services. The contract covers Region 4, which includes the Northwest, Alaska, and all Pacific U.S. Territories including Guam, Wake Island, American Samoa, Midway Island and others. “Our task with this contract is to assure operational readiness for the naval facilities in this vast region,” said Noah Elwood, President of Appledore Marine Engineering. Appledore’s team of in-house engineer-divers will perform underwater and above water inspections along with material condition assessments on the installations waterfront structures including dry docks…

28 Aug 2014

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 28

U.S. aircraft carrier USS Boxer (CVA-21). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. 1867 - Capt. William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College for training. 1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict. 1965 - Cdr. Scott Carpenter and nine aquanauts enter SeaLab II, 205 ft.

07 Mar 2014

Today in U.S. Naval History: March 7

USS Grayback (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. 1958 - Commissioning of USS Grayback, first submarine built from keel up with guided missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile. 1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) rescues four Russian soldiers from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island, which was drifting several weeks after their engine failed off Kamchatka Peninsula. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

19 Dec 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: December 19

William Halford (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 19 1870 - After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat, Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor of five, reaches Hawaii to seek help for crew of USS Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers reach the 88 Saginaw survivors on January 4, 1871. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

28 Aug 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 28

Hurricane Andrew (Photo: NOAA)

Today in U.S. 1867 - Captain William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to USS Northampton, Smith College for training. 1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict. 1965 - Cdr. Scott Carpenter and nine aquanauts enter SeaLab II, 205 ft.

07 Mar 2012

This Day in Naval History

1778 - Continental Navy frigate Randolph (32 guns) engages HMS Yarmouth (64). Randolph explodes and sinks with the loss of all but four men. 1958 - Commissioning of USS Grayback (SS 574), first submarine built from keel up with guided-missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile. 1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) rescues four Russian soldiers from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island.The Soldiers were drifting several weeks after their engine failed off Kamchatka Peninsula. 1966 - The Department of the Navy is reorganized into its present structure under the Chief of Naval Operations. 1967 - River Patrol Boats assist Operation Overload II in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam. 1968 - Operation Coronado XII begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

19 Dec 2011

This Day in Navy History - December 19

1870 - After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat, Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor out of a crew of five, reaches Hawaii to seek help for the crew of USS Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers reach the 88 Saginaw survivors on Jan. 4, 1871.   For more information about Naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil

29 Aug 2011

This Day in Navy History - Auguts 27-29

1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan. 1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, FL, USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile. 1867 - Captain William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College for training. 1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict.

07 Mar 2011

This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 7

1958 - Commissioning of USS Grayback, first submarine built from keel up with guided missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile.   1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) rescues 4 Russian soldiers from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island, which was drifting several weeks after their engine failed off Kamchatka Peninsula.   1966 - Department of Navy reorganized into present structure under CNO   1967 - PBRs assists Operation Overload II in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam   1968 - Operation Coronado XII begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam   1994 - Navy issues first orders to women assigned aboard combat ship, USS Eisenhower   (Source: Navy News Service)

04 Feb 2010

Sunken Sub in Balabac Strait is USS Flier

Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny announced that a sunken vessel located in the Balabac Strait area of the Philippines is in fact the World War II submarine USS Flier (SS 250). “I am honored to announce that, with video evidence and information provided by a team from YAP Films and assistance from the Naval History and Heritage Command, USS Flier has been located,” said McAneny. USS Flier, a 1525-ton Gato class submarine built at Groton, Conn., was commissioned in mid-October 1943. She departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for her first war patrol in January 1944. While entering the harbor at Midway Island during a storm, she went aground and was seriously damaged.

15 Jan 2010

This Day in Coast Guard History - Jan. 15

1836- A General Order from the Secretary of the Treasury prescribed that "Blue cloth be substituted for the uniform dress of the officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, instead of grey. . ." thereby ending a controversy that ad brewed for years regarding the uniforms of the Service. 1947- The first helicopter flight to the base "Little America" in Antarctica took place. The pilot was LT James A. Cornish, USCG and he carried Chief Photographer's Mate Everett Mashburn as his observer. They flew from the CGC Northwind. 1966- When winds of 30 to 50 knots hit the southern California coast, surface craft off the 11th Coast Guard District rendered assistance to six grounded vessels, three disabled sailboats, and three capsized vessels. They also responded to seven other distress cases. A U.S.

27 Dec 2009

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 28

1867 - U.S. claims Midway Island, first territory annexed outside Continental limits. 1905 - Drydock Dewey left Solomon's Island, MD, enroute through the Suez Canal to the Philippines to serve as repair base. This, the longest towing job ever accomplished, was completed by Brutus, Caesar, and Glacier on 10 July 1906. 1941 - Chief of Bureau of Yards and Docks requests that construction battalions be recruited. 1982 - Recommissioning of USS New Jersey (BB-62), the first of four Iowa-class battleships that were returned to service in 1980s. 1990 - LCDR Darlene M. Iskra becomes commander of USS Opportune, a salvage vessel. 1990 - USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and USS America (CV-66) Carrier Battle Groups deploy from Norfolk, VA, for Middle East to join Operation Desert Shield.

28 Aug 2009

This Day in Naval History – August 28

1867 - Captain William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College for training. 1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict. 1965 - CDR Scott Carpenter and 9 aquanauts enter SeaLab II, 205 ft. 1991 - A helicopter from USS America (CV-66) rescues 3 civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Capt May, NJ after their sailboat capsized. 1992 - Marines and Army forces begin providing disaster relief in Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

19 Dec 2008

This Day in Naval History – Dec 19

1870 - After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat, Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor of 5, reaches Hawaii to seek help for crew of USS Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers reach the 88 Saginaw survivors on 4 January 1871. (Source: Navy News Service)

28 Aug 2008

This Day in Naval History--August 28

1867 - Captain William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College for training. 1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict. 1965 - CDR Scott Carpenter and 9 aquanauts enter SeaLab II, 205 ft. 1991 - A helicopter from USS America (CV-66) rescues 3 civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Capt May, NJ after their sailboat capsized. 1992 - Marines and Army forces begin providing disaster relief in Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

07 Mar 2008

This Day in Naval History - March 07

1778 - Continental Navy frigate Randolph (32 guns) engages HMS Yarmouth (64). Randolph explodes and sinks with the loss of all but four men. 1958 - Commissioning of USS Grayback (SS 574), first submarine built from keel up with guided-missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile. 1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) rescues four Russian soldiers from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island.The Soldiers were drifting several weeks after their engine failed off Kamchatka Peninsula. 1966 - The Department of the Navy is reorganized into its present structure under the Chief of Naval Operations. 1967 - River Patrol Boats assist Operation Overload II in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam. 1968 - Operation Coronado XII begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

19 Dec 2007

This Day in Naval History - Dec. 19

1870 - After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat, Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor out of a crew of five, reaches Hawaii to seek help for the crew of USS Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers reach the 88 Saginaw survivors on Jan. 4, 1871

01 Feb 2005

Huge Wave Damages Passenger Ship

HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) -- A passenger ship with about 700 college students aboard limped into Honolulu Harbor five days after a huge wave tossed the vessel around in heavy seas, damaging three of its four engines and injuring two crew members. "Most people have been happy it's finally sunny and are glad to be going to Hawaii," Becca Leonard, a 21-year-old junior at the University of Southern California, said Monday after the ship pulled into port. The 591-foot Explorer, with 990 people aboard, was about 650 miles south of Adak, Alaska, when the wave hit early Wednesday morning. Adak is in the Aleutian Islands about 1,300 miles southwest of Anchorage.

25 Aug 1999

USS Pampanito Gets Facelift

USS Pampanito, visited by more than 250,000 people annually at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, was placed in drydock at Bay Ship & Yacht Co., in Alameda, Calif., earlier this year for barnacle scraping, hull painting and other projects, including repairs to the torpedo tubes. Towing services to Bay Ship & Yacht Co. were donated by SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. While in drydock, the submarine's underwater hull was inspected, cleaned and painted, and all 38 zincs ("sacrificial" nodes to protect against electrolysis) were replaced. Additionally, Bay Ship & Yacht donated its services to paint the boat's superstructure. At a cost of $250,000, this drydocking is the most extensive overall refurbishment of the submarine since its original restoration, more than 20 years ago.

07 Mar 2007

This Day in Naval History - March 07

1778 - Continental Navy frigate Randolph (32 guns) engages HMS Yarmouth (64). Randolph explodes and sinks with the loss of all but four men. 1958 - Commissioning of USS Grayback (SS 574), first submarine built from keel up with guided-missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile. 1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) rescues four Russian soldiers from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island.The Soldiers were drifting several weeks after their engine failed off Kamchatka Peninsula. 1966 - The Department of the Navy is reorganized into its present structure under the Chief of Naval Operations. 1967 - River Patrol Boats assist Operation Overload II in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam. 1968 - Operation Coronado XII begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

05 Jul 2005

Marine Debris Vessel Aground in Hawaii

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that the Unified Command is responding to the grounding of a marine debris removal vessel on Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. A subsequent Press Release states that the crew of the vessel has transferred ashore. The 145-foot vessel is leaking oil from its fuel tanks. A boom has been deployed. Rescue and response vessels are en route. A third Press Release notes that the ship remains aground. The crew and scientific personnel have been transported to Midway Island. (HK Law).

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