This Day in Naval History - Oct. 10

Story Number: NNS020711-10Release Date: 7/11/2002 1:18:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1845 - The Naval School, now known as the Naval Academy, opens in Annapolis, Md. with 50 midshipmen and seven professors. The first superintendent, Cmdr. Franklin Buchanan, later becomes an admiral in the Confederate Navy and commands the Confederate forces at Mobile Bay, Ala.

1860 - USS San Jacinto, commanded by Capt. T.A. Dorwin, captures the slave ship Bonito in the South Atlantic with about 622 slaves onboard. Bonito is then taken into naval service.

1923 - The first American-built rigid airship USS Shenandoah (ZR 1), powered by helium gas instead of hydrogen, is christened at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, N.J. On Sept. 3, 1925, USS Shenandoah encounters violent weather over southern Ohio and breaks up. Fourteen of her crew lose their lives in this tragedy.

1943 - USS Bonefish (SS 223) sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Isuzugawa Maru and merchant transport Teibi Maru off Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina.

1985 - Navy F-14's launch from USS Saratoga (CV 60), intercept an Egyptian 737 airliner over international waters, and direct it to Sigonella, Sicily. The airliner was carrying four Middle Eastern terrorists who hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro Oct. 7 and murdered a U.S. citizen. The hijackers are taken into custody.

2009 - USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) is commissioned at Philadelphia, Penn., just five weeks after the death of the ships namesake, the late Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer. The admiral is known as the Father of Aegis after serving 13 years as the Aegis Weapon System Manager. Following the commissioning, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is assigned with Destroyer Squadron 21 out of Naval Station San Diego.

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