This Day in Naval History - March 17

Story Number: NNS011215-18Release Date: 12/15/2001 6:26:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1898 - John Holland's submarine, Holland IV, performs the first successful diving and surfacing tests off Staten Island, N.Y.
1944 - Torpedo bomber aircraft from Composite Squadron (VC 6) from escort carrier from USS Block Island (CVE 21), 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, which holds the record for being in space longer than any other man-made object, is launched into 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 Navy's first amphibious transport dock, is launched at New York Naval shipyard.

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