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WEEKLY NAUTICAL FACTS

JANUARY 1

1950 - Mary T. Sproul commissioned as first female doctor in Navy.

1959 - U.S. Naval Observatory introduces system of uniform atomic time using cesium beam atomic oscillators. This measurement has been adopted as standard by the International Committee on Weights and Measures.

1962 - Navy SEAL teams established.

JANUARY 2

1969 - Operation Barrier Reef began in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

JANUARY 3

1904 - Marines from USS Dixie arrive in Panama.

1944 - Top Marine ace MAJ Boyington captured after shooting down 28 aircraft.

1945 - Third Fleet carriers begin a 2 day attack against Formosa destroying 100 aircraft with loss of only 22 aircraft.

JANUARY 4

1863 - Blockading ship USS Quaker City captures sloop Mercury carrying despatches emphasizing desperate plight of the South.

1910 - Commissioning of USS Michigan (BB-27), the first U.S. dreadnought battleship.

1989 - Aircraft (VF-32) from USS John F. Kennedy shoot down 2 hostile Libyan Migs.

JANUARY 5

1855 - USS Plymouth crew skirmish with Chinese troops.

1875 - CDR Edward Lull begins expedition to locate best ship canal route across Panama. Route followed 30 years later.

1943 - USS Helena (CL-50) fired first proximity fused projectile in combat and shot down Japanese dive bomber in southwest Pacific.

1968 - First Male Nurse Corps officer in Regular Navy, LT Clarence W. Cote.

JANUARY 6

1916 - First enlisted flight training class at Pensacola, FL.

1942 - Japanese capture 11 Navy Nurses in Manila, Philippines.

1967 - Operation Deckhouse V begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

1996 - USS Hopper, named for RADM Grace Hopper, commissioned.

JANUARY 7

1960 - Launch of first fully-guided flight of Polaris missile at Cape Canaveral (flew 900 miles).

1967 - Mobile Riverine Force begins arriving at Vung Tau, Vietnam.

JANUARY 8

1847 - Battle of San Gabriel (Navy, Marines, Army defeat Mexicans in CA).

JANUARY 9

1861 - Union steamer Star of the West fired on in Charleston Harbor.

1918 - Establishment of Naval Overseas Transportation Service to carry cargo during WWI.

1945 - Carrier aircraft begin 2-day attack on Japanese forces, Luzon, Philippines.

JANUARY 10

1847 - American naval forces occupy Los Angeles.

1917 - Navy places first production order for aerial photographic equipment.

1934 - VP-10F flies first non-stop formation flight from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, arriving 11 Jan.

1956 - Establishment of first Navy nuclear power school at Submarine Base, New London, CT.

JANUARY 11

1863 - CSS Alabama sinks USS Hatteras off Galveston.

1944 - Aircraft from USS Block Island make first aircraft rocket attack on German submarine.

JANUARY 12

1813 - US Frigate Chesapeake captures British Volunteer.

1848 - Attack on Sloop Lexington, San Blas, Mexico.

1953 - Landings tested on board USS Antietam, first angled deck carrier.

JANUARY 13

1865 - Amphibious attack on Fort Fisher, NC.

1964 - USS Manley evacuates 54 American and 36 allied nationals after Zanzibar government is overthrown.

JANUARY 14

1813 - US Frigate Chesapeake captures British brig Hero.

1815 - HMS Endymion, Tenedos and Pomone capture USS President.

1863 - Navy General Order 4, Emancipation Proclamation.

1943 - In first submarine resupply mission, USS Gudgeon lands 6 men, 2,000 pounds of equipment and supplies on Negros Island.

JANUARY 15

1865 - In largest amphibious operation of war, Union forces capture Ft. Fisher, Wilmington, NC, by joint amphibious force.

1997 - Navy physician CAPT Jerry Lineger joined the crew of the MIR space station after being launched on Atlantis during space Shuttle Mission STS-81. Prior to the mission, he was trained at the Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia for over a year.

JANUARY 16

1930 - USS Lexington provides power to Tacoma, WA, when floods knocked out city power plants.

1991 - Operation Desert Storm, liberation of Kuwait from Iraq, begins.

JANUARY 17

1832 - USS Peacock makes contact with Vietnamese court officials.

1900 - US (CDR Taussig in USS Bennington) takes formal possession of Wake Island.

1955 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the first nuclear-powered submarine, casts off lines at 1100 and sends message "underway on nuclear power".

JANUARY 18

1911 - First aircraft landing on board a ship, USS Pennsylvania by Eugene Ely.

1962 - After a flash fire in the Persian Gulf on Danish tanker, Prima Maersk, burned a crewman, USS Duxbury Bay transfers a Navy doctor to help the Danish crewman and USS Soley took him to the nearest hospital at Bahrain Island.

1968 - Operation Coronado X begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

1977 - The Trident (C-4) missile development flight test program commenced when C4X-1 was launched from a flight pad at Cape Canaveral, FL.

1991 - USS Nicholas attacks and captures Iraqi oil platforms.

JANUARY 19

1840 - LT Charles Wilkes, USN is first American to discover Antarctic coast.

JANUARY 20

1783 - Hostilities cease between Great Britain and the United States.

1903 - Theodore Roosevelt issues Executive Order placing Midway Islands under jurisdiction of the Navy Department.

1914 - School for naval air training opens in Pensacola, FL.

1948 - Establishment of U.S. Persian Gulf Area Command (later changed to Middle East Force in August 1948).

JANUARY 21

1954 - Launching of Nautilus, first nuclear submarine, at Groton, CT.

1961 - USS George Washington completes first operational voyage of fleet ballistic missile submarine staying submerged 66 days.

JANUARY 22

1800 - CAPT Thomas Tingey ordered to duty as first Superintendent of the Washington Navy Yard.

1944 - Operation Shingle, Allied landing at Anzio, Italy.

JANUARY 23

1960 - Bathyscaph Trieste descends to deepest part of the ocean, Marianas Trench.

1968 - USS Pueblo seized by North Korean forces in Sea of Japan.

JANUARY 24

1942 - Battle of Makassar Strait, destroyer attack on Japanese convoy in first surface action in the Pacific during World War II.

1991 - Helos from USS Leftwich and USS Nicholas recapture first Kuwaiti territory from Iraqis.

JANUARY 25

1963 - 1st Seabee Technical Assistance Team arrives in Vietnam.

1968 - Operation Windsong I in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

JANUARY 26

1911 - 1st hydro aeroplane flight is witnessed by naval aviator.

1913 - The body of John Paul Jones is laid in its final resting place in the Chapel of Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

1949 - USS Norton Sound, first guided-missile ship, launches first guided missile, Loon.

1960 - USS John S. McCain rescues the entire 41-man crew of the sinking Japanese freighter, Shinwa Maru, in the East China Sea.

JANUARY 27

1942 - USS Gudgeon is first US sub to sink enemy submarine in action, Japanese I-173.

1945 - Commissioning of USS Higbee (DD-806), first U.S. Navy ship named after women member of U.S. Navy.

1967 - Fire in Command Module at Cape Kennedy during simulation countdown. Lunar Module Pilot LCDR Roger B. Chaffee and two other crew members died.

1973 - Paris Peace Accords signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War.

JANUARY 28

1778 - Second New Providence Expedition raised the flag with thirteen stripes over Fort Nassau.

1960 - Navy demonstrates value of moon communication relay, used in fleet broadcasts.

1962 - USS Cook (APD-130) rescues 25 survivors from after section of Panamanian tanker, SS Stanvac Sumatra, which broke in two in the South China Sea.

1986 - Space shuttle Challenger explodes killing CDR Michael Smith, USN, and 6 other astronauts.

JANUARY 29

1914 - U.S. Marines land in Haiti to protect U.S. consulate.

1943 - Beginning of 2 day battle of Rennell Island after which U.S. transports reached Guadalcanal.

JANUARY 30

1862 - Launching of first turreted warship, USS Monitor.

1968 - Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam.

JANUARY 31

1944 - American amphibious landing on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.

1961 - Lieutenant Commander Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. becomes first African-American to command a combat ship, USS Falgout.

1981 - Era of Enlisted Naval Aviators ends when last pilot retired.

 
 
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