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29 Aug 2016

This Day In Naval History: August 29

USS Decatur (DDG 73) (U.S. Navy photo)

1861 - During the Civil War, Seaman Benjamin Swearer lands with troops from the steam sloop of war, Pawnee, and takes part in the capture of Fort Clark, at Hatteras Inlet, N.C. He serves throughout the action and has the honor of being the first man to raise the flag on the captured fort. For his gallant service throughout the action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. 1862 - The gunboat, USS Pittsburgh, supports Army troops landing at Eunice, Ark., during the Civil War. 1915 - After pontoons are brought to Hawaii from the west coast…

17 Aug 2016

This Day In Naval History: August 17

Cover of the commissioning program for USS McCampbell (DDG 85)

1812 - The frigate, USS President, captures British schooner, HMS L'Adeline, in the North Atlantic. 1841 - Secretary of the Navy George E. Badger signs that the Chief Clerk's signature is valid on the certified copy of the medal citation awarded to Capt. Stephen Decatur, for his gallantry in action against the British frigate, HMS Macedonian, on Oct. 25, 1812. 1942 - The submarines USS Nautilus (SS 168) and USS Argonaut (SM 1) land more than 200 Marines on Makin Island, Gilbert Islands, in the first amphibious attack made from submarines.

17 Jun 2016

This Day In Naval History: June 17

USS Delaware entering the first drydock in America at Gosport Navy Yard (Norfolk), June 17, 1833. (Courtesy Tommy Trampp, NavSource)

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron engages the Algerian flagship Mashouda near Cape de Gatt, Spain. Though the Algerian frigate maneuvers actively to escape, she surrenders after 20 men, including her commander, are killed. 1833 - The ship of the line, USS Delaware, becomes the first warship to enter a public drydock in the United States when secured at Gosport Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Va. 1870 - Under the command of Lt. Willard H. Brownson, six boats from the steam sloop-of-war USS Mohican attack a group of pirates in the Teacapan River, Mexico.

20 May 2016

This Day In Naval History - May 20

USS Russell (DDG 59) (U.S. Navy photo by Melinda Larson)

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur sails with his flagship USS Guerriere and a squadron of nine ships for the Mediterranean to suppress piracy. Under strict negotiations, Decatur is able to secure a treaty with the Day of Algiers, His Highness Omar Bashaw, on July 3. 1844 - The frigate Constitution, commanded by John Percival, sails from New York to depart on her 32,279 mile round-the-world cruise. Heading eastward, she visits places such as Brazil, Zanzibar, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Hawaii before returning back to Boston, Mass., in Sept. 1846.

22 Mar 2016

This Day In Naval History: March 22

1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur was mortally wounded in a duel with Capt. James Barron at Bladensburg, Md., over criticism Decatur had when Barron lost his ship, USS Chesapeake, to HMS Leopard in 1807. 1915 - "Naval Aviator" replaces the title "Navy Air Pilot" for officers who become qualified as aviators. 1929 - Destroyers USS Robert Smith (DD 324), USS Moody (DD 277), and USS Selfridge (DD 320) protect Americans and their property during the Mexican Cristero uprising. 1943 - USS Gudgeon (SS 211) attacks a Japanese convoy 30 miles north Surabaya, Java, sinking an army cargo ship while surviving the depth charge attack by her escort vessels. Also on this date, USS Tambor (SS 198) damages a Japanese transport in the Sulu Sea, off Negros, Philippines.

31 Jul 2014

Today in U.S. Naval History: July 31

USS Intrepid bow view, taken in dry dock, circa the 1870s. Note the torpedo projection device at her forefoot, pattern of her hull plating and the anchor hanging from her port hause pipe. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S. 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur concludes agreement with Bey of Tunis to compensate U.S. for seizure of merchant ships during the War of 1812. 1865 - East India Squadron established to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan. 1874 - Commissioning of USS Intrepid, first U.S. 1912 - First attempt to launch an airplane by catapult made at Annapolis. 1964 - All-nuclear task force with USS Long Beach, USS Enterprise, and USS Bainbridge leaves Norfolk, VA to begin voyage, Operation Sea Orbit, to circle the globe without refueling. They returned on 3 October.

25 Oct 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: October 25

Stephen Decatur, USN. 19th Century engraving by D. Edwin, after a Gilbert Stuart portrait. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. 1812 - USS United States (Capt. Stephen Decatur) captures HMS Macedonian. 1924 - Airship, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), completes round trip transcontinental cruise that began on October 7. 1944 - During Battle of Leyte Gulf in Battle of Surigao Straits, U.S. battleships execute the maneuver of "crossing the tee" of the Japanese forces. In Battle Off Samar, escort carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts heroically resist attacks of Japanese Center Force. In Battle Off Cape Engano, 3rd Fleet carriers attack Japanese Northern Force sinking several small carriers.

09 Aug 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 9

Stephen Decatur, USN. 19th Century engraving by D. Edwin, after a Gilbert Stuart portrait. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. 1815 - Capt. Stephen Decatur concludes treaty for U.S. 1842 - Signing of Webster-Ashburton Treaty under which U.S. and Great Britain agreed to cooperate in suppressing the slave trade. 1865 - Return of Naval Academy to Annapolis after four years at Newport, R.I. 1945 - Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Navy weaponeer arms the atomic bomb. 1949 - First use of pilot-ejection seat for emergency escape in U.S. made by LT Jack I. Fruin of VF-171 near Walterboro, S.C.

31 Jul 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: July 31

USS Intrepid Bow view, taken in dry dock, circa the 1870s. Note the torpedo projection device at her forefoot, pattern of her hull plating and the anchor hanging from her port hause pipe (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur concludes agreement with Bey of Tunis to compensate U.S. for seizure of merchant ships during the War of 1812. 1865 - East India Squadron established to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan. 1874 - Commissioning of USS Intrepid, first U.S. 1912 - First attempt to launch an airplane by catapult made at Annapolis. 1964 - All-nuclear task force with USS Long Beach, USS Enterprise, and USS Bainbridge leaves Norfolk, Va. to begin voyage, Operation Sea Orbit, to circle the globe without refueling. They returned on October 3.

05 Jul 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: July 5

Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN. 19th Century engraving by D. Edwin, after a Gilbert Stuart portrait. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 5 1814 - Sloop-of-war Peacock captures British Stranger, Venus, Adiona and Fortitude. 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron arrives at Tripoli to collect reparations for seizure of American merchant ships in violation of Treaty of 1805. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at history.navy.mil.

23 Mar 2012

This Day in Naval History - March 22

1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after a duel with Capt. James Barron. 1915 - "Naval aviator" replaces "Navy air pilot" for officers qualified as aviators. 1929 - Navy ships protect Americans and their property during a Mexican revolution. 1946 - USS Missouri (BB 63) departs the United States to return the body of a deceased Turkish ambassador to Turkey for burial. Missouri arrived in Istanbul April 5. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.

05 Jul 2011

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - July 5

1814 - Sloop-of-war Peacock captures British Stranger, Venus, Adiona, and Fortitude.   1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron arrives at Tripoli to collect reparations for seizure of American merchant ships in violation of Treaty of 1805.   Source: USCG Historian’s Office

22 Mar 2011

This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 22

1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after duel with Capt. James Barron   1915 - "Naval Aviator" replaces former "Navy Air Pilot" for officers qualified as aviators   1929 - Navy ships protect Americans and their property during Mexican revolution   1946 - USS Missouri departs U.S. to return body of deceased Turkish ambassador to the U.S. back to Turkey for burial. Missouri arrived in Istanbul on 5 April.   (Source: Navy News Service)

16 Feb 2011

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History-February 16

1804 - Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, with volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, enters Tripoli harbor by night in the ketchIntrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia. Decatur's raid succeeds without American losses. England's Lord Nelson calls this "the most daring act of the age."   1815 - USS Constitution captures British Susannah   1967 - Operation River Raider begins in Mekong Delta   (Source: Navy News Service)

14 Feb 2011

This Day in U.S. Naval History - February 15

1804 - Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, with volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, enters Tripoli harbor by night in the ketch Intrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia. Decatur's raid succeeds without American losses. England's Lord Nelson calls this "the most daring act of the age."   1815 - USS Constitution captures British Susannah   1967 - Operation River Raider begins in Mekong Delta   (Source: Navy News Service)

25 Oct 2010

This Day in U.S. Naval History – October 25

1812 - USS United States (CAPT Stephen Decatur) captures HMS Macedonian. 1924 - Airship, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), completes round trip transcontinental cruise that began on 7 October. 1944 - During Battle of Leyte Gulf in Battle of Surigao Straits, U.S. battleships execute the maneuver of "crossing the tee" of the Japanese forces. In Battle Off Samar, escort carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts heroically resist attacks of Japanese Center Force. In Battle Off Cape Engano, 3rd Fleet carriers attack Japanese Northern Force sinking several small carriers. 1950 - Chinese Communist Forces launch first offensive in Korea. 1966 - Operation Sea Dragon logistics interdiction began. 1983 - U.S. Marines and U.S. Army troops land on Grenada to evacuate U.S.

08 Aug 2010

This Day in Naval History – August 9

1815 - CAPT Stephen Decatur concludes treaty for U.S. with Tripoli 1842 - Signing of Webster-Ashburton Treaty under which U.S. and Great Britain agreed to cooperate in suppressing the slave trade. 1865 - Return of Naval Academy to Annapolis after 4 years at Newport, RI 1919 - Construction of rigid airship ZR-1 (Shenandoah) authorized 1941 - Atlantic Charter Conference is first meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill 1942 - Battle of Savo Island begins; First of many sea battles near Guadalcanal 1945 - Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Navy weaponeer arms the atomic bomb. 1949 - First use of pilot-ejection seat for emergency escape in U.S. made by LT Jack I. Fruin of VF-171 near Walterboro, SC (Source: Navy News Service)

20 May 2010

This Day in Naval History – May 20

1801 - Four warships sent to Mediterranean to protect American commerce 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur ( Frigate Guerriere) sails with 10 ships to suppress Mediterranean pirates' raids on U.S. shipping 1844 - USS Constitution sails from New York on round the world cruise 1943 - Establishment of Tenth Fleet in Washington, DC, under command of ADM King to coordinate U.S. antisubmarine operations in Atlantic (Source: Navy News Service)

22 Mar 2010

This Day in Naval History – March 22

1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after duel with Capt. James Barron 1915 - "Naval Aviator" replaces former "Navy Air Pilot" for officers qualified as aviators 1929 - Navy ships protect Americans and their property during Mexican revolution 1946 - USS Missouri departs U.S. to return body of deceased Turkish ambassador to the U.S. back to Turkey for burial. Missouri arrived in Istanbul on 5 April. (Source: Navy News Service)

16 Feb 2010

This Day in Naval History – Feb. 16

1804 - Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, with volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, enters Tripoli harbor by night in the ketch Intrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia. Decatur's raid succeeds without American losses. England's Lord Nelson calls this "the most daring act of the age." 1815 - USS Constitution captures British Susannah 1967 - Operation River Raider begins in Mekong Delta (Source: Navy News Service)

31 Jul 2009

This Day in Naval History – July 31

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur concludes agreement with Bey of Tunis to compensate U.S. for seizure of merchant ships during the War of 1812. 1865 - East India Squadron established to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan. 1874 - Commissioning of USS Intrepid, first U.S. warship equipped with torpedoes 1912 - First attempt to launch an airplane by catapult made at Annapolis. 1964 - All-nuclear task force with USS Long Beach, USS Enterprise, and USS Bainbridge leaves Norfolk, VA to begin voyage, Operation Sea Orbit, to circle the globe without refueling. They returned on 3 October. (Source: Navy News Source)

20 May 2009

This Day in Naval History – May 20

1801 - Four warships sent to Mediterranean to protect American commerce 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur ( Frigate Guerriere) sails with 10 ships to suppress Mediterranean pirates' raids on U.S. shipping 1844 - USS Constitution sails from New York on round the world cruise 1943 - Establishment of Tenth Fleet in Washington, DC, under command of ADM King to coordinate U.S. antisubmarine operations in Atlantic (Source: Navy News Service)

24 Oct 2008

This Day in Naval History

1812 - USS United States (CAPT Stephen Decatur) captures HMS Macedonian. 1924 - Airship, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), completes round trip transcontinental cruise that began on 7 October. 1944 - During Battle of Leyte Gulf in Battle of Surigao Straits, U.S. battleships execute the maneuver of "crossing the tee" of the Japanese forces. In Battle Off Samar, escort carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts heroically resist attacks of Japanese Center Force. In Battle Off Cape Engano, 3rd Fleet carriers attack Japanese Northern Force sinking several small carriers. 1950 - Chinese Communist Forces launch first offensive in . 1966 - Dragon logistics interdiction began. 1983 - U.S. Marines and U.S. Army troops land on to evacuate citizens threatened by the island's unstable political situation.

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