This Day in Naval History - Sept. 23


Story Number: NNS020724-33Release Date: 7/24/2002 1:58:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1779 - Captain John Paul Jones of the Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard, captures HMS Serapis.

1931 - Lt. Alfred Pride pilots Navy's first rotary wing aircraft, XOP-1 autogiro, in landings and takeoffs aboard USS Langley (CV 1) while underway.

1944 - Naval Task Group lands Army troops on Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands.

1944 - USS West Virginia (BB 48) reaches Pearl Harbor and rejoins the Pacific Fleet, marking the end of the salvage and reconstruction of 18 ships damaged Dec. 7, 1941.

1947 - James Forrestal, former Secretary of the Navy, takes office as the first Secretary of Defense.

1990 - Two hospital ships -- USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) -- steam together for the first time in the Arabian Gulf.

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