NEWS | June 7, 2011

This week in Navy History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

June 5, 1917 - The first military unit sent to France, the First Naval Aeronautical Detachment, reached France on board USS Jupiter.

June 6, 1944 - As Operation Overlord began, the Allied invasion fleet (more than 2,700 ships and craft) landed troops on Normandy beaches, the largest amphibious landing in history.

June 7, 1942 - The Battle of Midway ended with the loss of USS Yorktown.

June 8, 1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry arrived at Uraga, Japan to begin negotiations for a treaty with Japan.

June 9, 1959 - USS George Washington (SSBN-598), the first nuclear powered fleet ballistic missile submarine was launched at Groton, Conn.

June 10, 1854 - The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., held its first formal graduation exercise. Previous classes graduated without a ceremony.

June 11, 1927 - USS Memphis arrived at Washington, D.C., with Charles Lindbergh and his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, after his non-stop flight across the Atlantic