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NEWS | March 30, 2011

This week in Navy history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

March 27, 1794 - Congress authorized the construction of six frigates, including USS Constitution.

March 28, 1800 - USS Essex became the first U.S. Navy vessel to pass the Cape of Good Hope.

March 29, 1973 - The Naval Advisory Group and Naval Forces, Vietnam were disestablished and the last U.S. prisoners of war left Vietnam.

March 30, 1944 - The first torpedo squadrons to use aerial mines and launch from aircraft carriers dropped the mines on Palau Harbor.

March 31, 1992 - USS Missouri, the last active American battleship, was decommissioned.

April 1, 1893 - Navy General Order 409, dated Feb. 25, 1893, established the Chief Petty Officer rate.

April 2, 1951 - The first Navy jet aircraft used as bombers were launched from an aircraft carrier, USS Princeton.