This Day in Naval History - June 18

Story Number: NNS020418-26Release Date: 4/18/2002 9:35:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1812 - The United States declares war on Great Britain for impressment of Sailors and interference with commerce.

1814 - The sloop of war Wasp, commanded by Johnston Blakely, captures and scuttles the British merchant brig Pallas in the eastern Atlantic.

1875 - The side-wheel steamer, USS Saranac, wrecks in Seymour Narrows, off Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

1916 - The Fourth Marine Regiment, commanded by Col. Joseph H. Pendleton, lands with Marine detachments from USS Rhode Island (BB 17), USS New Jersey (BB 16), and USS Salem (SC 1) at Santo Domingo City, Dominican Republic during a revolution. The U.S. assumes control of the Dominican fiscal matters, leads the Guardia Nacional, and keeps the peace. Marine detachments remain in the Dominican Republic until Sept. 16, 1924 when they withdraw.

1944 - USS Bullhead (SS 332) sinks Japanese auxiliary sailing vessel (No. 58) Sakura Maru in Sunda Strait, off Merak. Also on this date, USS Dentuda (SS 335) sinks Japanese guardboats Reiko Maru and Heiwa Maru in East China Sea west of Tokara Gunto.

1957 - Adm. Arleigh A. Burke, Chief of Naval Operations, approves the ship characteristics of the Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine.

1983 - USS Florida (SSGN 728) is commissioned at Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn. The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, homeported at Bangor, Wash., is the first submarine to be named after the 27th state, but the sixth vessel in the Navy.

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