This Day in Naval History - March 12

Story Number: NNS011215-13Release Date: 12/15/2001 6:17:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1864 - During the Civil War, Union screw gunboat Aroostook, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Hatfield, captures the schooner Marion near Velasco, Texas. Also on this date, the screw steamer Massachusetts, commanded by Lt. William H. West, captures the sloop Persis in Wassaw Sound, Georgia.
1943 - USS Champlin (DD-601) sinks German submarine U-130, which previously sank 25 Allied vessels.
1956 - The first missile firing aircraft squadron, Attack Squadron 83, is deployed overseas aboard USS Intrepid (CVA 11).

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