This Day in Naval History - March 17

Story Number: NNS011215-18Release Date: 12/15/2001 6:26:00 PM
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1898 - John Hollands submarine, Holland IV, performs the first successful diving and surfacing tests off Staten Island, N.Y.

1944 - USS Block Island (CVE 21) torpedo bomber aircraft from Composite Squadron (VC 6), along with USS Corry (DD 463) and USS Bronstein (DE 189), sink German submarine U 801 west of Cape Verdes.

1945 - USS Sealion (SS 315) sinks Bangkok-bound Thai oiler Samui off Trengganu coast, while USS Spot (SS 413) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks army cargo vessel Nanking Maru off Yushiyama Island and damages cargo Ikomasan Maru, beached off Matsu Island.

1958 - The Naval Research Laboratory satellite Vanguard 1 is launched into orbit to test the capabilities of a three-stage launch vehicle and effects of the environment on a satellite and its systems in Earths orbit.

1959 - USS Skate (SSN-578) becomes the first submarine to surface at the North Pole, traveling 3,000 miles in and under Arctic ice for more than a month.

1962 - USS Raleigh (LPD-1), the Navys first amphibious transport dock, is launched at New York Naval shipyard.

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