This Day in Naval History - April 02


Story Number: NNS011216-02Release Date: 12/16/2001 9:42:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1781 - During the American Revolution, the Continental frigate Alliance, commanded by John Barry, captures the British privateers Mars and Minerva off the coast of France.

1916 - Lt. R.C. Saufley sets an altitude record for a Navy aircraft, 16,072 feet in a Curtiss pusher type hydroplane at Pensacola, Fla., bettering the record he set on March 29 that was set with a record 16,010 feet.

1943 - USS Tunny (SS 282) sinks the Japanese transport No.2 Toyo Maru west of Truk.

1951 - Two F9F-2B Panthers of VF-191, each loaded with four 250- and two 100-pound general-purpose bombs, are catapulted from USS Princeton (CV 37) for an attack on a railroad bridge near Songjin, North Korea. This mission is the first US Navy use of a jet fighter as a bomber.

1960 - After floods cause destruction at Paramaribo, Suriname, USS Glacier (AGB 4) begins 12 days of relief operations, providing helicopter and boat transportation and emergency supplies to the residents.

1991 - USS Chicago (SSN 721) arrives at San Diego, Calif., homeport. During the six-month deployment, the attack submarine works with US and coalition forces deployed to the Southwest Asia area of operations and conducts surveillance and reconnaissance operations in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

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