This Day in Naval History - Feb. 28

Story Number: NNS011213-39Release Date: 2/28/2013
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1844 - An experimental 14-inch gun explodes on board USS Princeton, killing Secretary of State (former Secretary of the Navy) Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Gilmer, and five other dignitaries and injuring 20 people.

1893 - The first true U.S. Navy battleship, USS Indiana (BB 1), launches.

1942 - USS Jacob Jones (DE 130) is sunk by German submarine U 578 off the Delaware capes.

1942 - USS Houston (CA 30) engages the Japanese in the Battle of Sunda Strait and is sunk the next day.

1944 - USS Balao (SS 285) and USS Sand Lance (SS 381) sink Japanese army cargo ship Akiura Maru, transport Shoho Maru about 90 miles northwest of Manokawari, New Guinea and transport Kaiko Maru just east of Musashi Wan, off Paramushir, Kurils.

1959 - USS Strong (DD 758) rescues 13 Arab fishermen from Bahrain when their fishing boats flounders in a storm.

1987 - Guided Missile Frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) is commissioned.

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