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NEWS | Aug. 16, 2011

Navy History - Aug. 19

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Aug. 14, 1813 - HMS Pelican captured USS Argus.

Aug. 15, 1845 - The U.S. Naval Academy was established at Annapolis, Md. on the former site of Fort Severn.

Aug. 16, 1954 -Operation Passage to Freedom began, transporting refugees from Haiphong to Saigon, Vietnam.

Aug. 17, 1942 - Submarines USS Nautilus and USS Argonaut landed 222 Marines on Makin Island. It was the first amphibious attack made from submarines.

Aug. 18, 1966 - The first ship-to-shore satellite radio message was sent from USS Annapolis in the South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Aug. 19, 1981 - Two VF-41 aircraft from USS Nimitz shot down two Libyan aircraft which fired on them over international waters.

Aug. 20, 1969 - Navy Seabees and Sailors from Helicopter Training Squadron Eight evacuated 820 people from Pass Christian, Miss. after Hurricane Camille.