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NEWS | April 25, 2011

This week in Navy history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

April 24, 1778 - The Continental Navy sloop Ranger captured HMS Drake

April 25, 1862 - Union naval forces occupied New Orleans, La.

April 26, 1952 - USS Hobson sank after it collided with USS Wasp; 176 lives were lost.

April 27, 1861 - President Lincoln extended the blockade of the Confederacy to Virginia and North Carolina ports.

April 28, 1993 - A Secretary of Defense memo ordered the Armed Forces to train and assign women on combat aircraft and most combat ships, but not to ground combat positions.

April 29, 1975 - Operation Frequent Wind evacuation from Vietnam began.

April 30, 1798 - Congress established the Department of the Navy.