This Day in Naval History - Feb. 18


Story Number: NNS011213-29Release Date: 12/13/2001 9:31:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1846 - Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft issues the General Order to change "Larboard" to "Port" for identification of the left side of a sailing vessel.
1865 - In order for the CSS Charleston, CSS Chicora, and CSS Palmetto State not to be captured by Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren's squadron during the evacuation of Charleston, South Carolina, Captain John R. Tucker, CSN, orders the ships be set afire and blown up.
1942 - USS Truxtun (DD 229) and USS Pollux (AKS-2) sink in a heavy storm in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. 204 lives are lost.
1944 - The amphibious force under Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill lands troops on Engebi Island, Eniwetok, securing the island before the end of the day.
1945 - U.S. Navy destroyers engage Japanese vessels off Iwo and Chichi Jima. USS Waldron (DD 699) is damaged after intentionally ramming a gunboat; USS Dortch (DD 670) sinks auxiliary submarine chaser Ayukawa Maru north-northwest of Iwo Jima; USS Barton (DD 722), USS Ingraham (DD 694), and USS Moale (DD 693) operating of Chichi Jima, sink the Japanese guardboats No.35 Nanshin Maru, No. 3 Kyowa Maru, and No.5 Kukuichi Maru.

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