This Day in Naval History - Aug. 25


Story Number: NNS020718-39Release Date: 7/18/2002 4:51:00 PM
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From the Navy News Service

1862 - Union Flag Officer David G. Farragut's fleet sails into New Orleans, La., after long preparation and fierce battles while passing through Confederate defenses of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip the previous day.
1914 - In the first use of U.S. Navy aircraft in a combat situation, Lt. j.g. P.N.L. Bellinger made a flight from USS Mississippi's aviation unit at Vera Cruz, Mexico, to observe the city and make preliminary search for mines in the harbor.
1944 - USS Crevalle (SS 291) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Kashiwa Maru, north of Borneo and USS Guvania (SS 362) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Tetsuyo Maru, northwest of Chichi Jima.
1957 - USS Forrestal (CVA 59) and USS Lake Champlain (CVS 39), with accompanying destroyers, enter the Eastern Mediterranean to support King Hussein of Jordan's government from a possible coup conspiracy. The planned coup failed.
1959 - USS Eversole (DD 789) rescues 14 Chinese Nationalist fishermen from sinking trawler in Formosa Strait.
2009 - Boeing's new P8-A Poseidon test jet, a 737-based submarine hunter for the Navy that will replace the P3-C Orion, flies for first flight from Renton, Va., to Boeing Field, Seattle, Wash.

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