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

1893 - The first U.S. Navy battleship, USS Indiana (BB 1), is launched.
1844 - While on the Potomac River, the 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.
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 Battle of Battle of Sunda Strait and is later sunk the next day. 675 Sailors and Marines die with HOUSTON. 366 men are taken into captivity. In 1945 only 290 men remained.
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 flounder.

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