This Day in Naval History - March 24

Story Number: NNS011215-25Release Date: 12/15/2001 6:31:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1903 - Adm. George Dewey is commissioned as first and only Admiral of the Navy.
1919 - The battleship USS Idaho (BB 42) is commissioned.
1936 - USS Balch (DD 363), named after Rear Adm. George B. Balch, is launched.
1944 - USS Bowfin (SS 287) attacks Japanese convoy, sinking a transport and army cargo ship.
1977 - The initial service acceptance trials for the CH-53E Super Stallion are completed at Naval Air Test Center (NATC), Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
1986 - The first operational use of a Harpoon missile in combat is used by A-6A aircraft from VA-34 against a Libyan Combatant II G-class fast-attack missile craft. The engagement occurs after Libyan armed forces fire missiles at U.S. Navy forces operating in the Gulf of Sidra.
2009 - Coastal patrol craft USS Chinook (PC 9) arrives at Umm Qasr, Iraq. During this port visit to Iraq, she is the first U.S. Navy ship to stay overnight.

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