This Day in Naval History - March 07

Story Number: NNS011215-08Release Date: 12/15/2001 6:12:00 PM
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By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1778 - Continental frigate Randolph, commanded by Capt. Nicholas Biddle, is protecting a convoy of merchantmen when she attacks HMS Yarmouth at night. Randolph explodes due to a chance spark igniting her magazine during battle.
1942 - USS Grenadier (SS 210) torpedoes and sinks Japanese transport AsahisanMaru south of Shioya Saki
1956 - The fleet assignment of the all-weather fighter, F3H-2N Demon, begins at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Fla.
1958 - USS Grayback (SSG 5574) is commissioned. She is the first submarine built from keel up with guided missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile.
1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) rescues four Russian soldiers from from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island, which had drifted several weeks after their engine failed off Kamchatka Peninsula.
1994 - The Navy issues the first orders for women to be assigned on board a combatant ship, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).

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