NEWS | March 15, 2011

This week in Navy history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

March 13, 1959 - Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory took the first ultraviolet pictures of the sun.

March 14, 1863 - Rear Adm. Farragut's squadron of seven ships forced their way up the Mississippi River to support Union troops at Vicksburg and Baton Rouge.

March 15, 1947 - Ensign John Lee became the first African American officer commissioned in the regular Navy. He was assigned to USS Kearsage.

March 16, 1966 - Former naval aviator Neil Armstrong flew on Gemini 8 which completedĀ seven orbits inĀ 10 hours and 41 minutes at an altitude of 161.3 nautical miles. The capsule was recovered by the USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852).

March 17, 1959 - USS Skate (SSN-578) surfaced at the North Pole.

March 18, 1974 - Navy sent to sweep mines from the Suez Canal.

March 19, 2003 - Operation Iraqi Freedom began with Tomahawk strikes from Navy ships and submarines.