Naval History - U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

January 5, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: History, European History, World War II (1939-1945)
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Naval History By LPO McStravick

13 Oct 1775 • The Continental Congress authorized the

outfitting of a ten-gun warship. • Marking the beginning of the Continental Navy

3 Dec 1775 • Lt. John Paul Jones first XO of a man-ofwar of the Continental Navy.

3-4 Mar 1776 • Commodore Esek Hopkins lead a

Continental squadron defeating the British at Nassau in the Bahamas. • First amphibious assault by American Marines commanded by Capt. Samuel Nicholas.

7 Sep 1776 • Sgt. Ezra Lee, Continental Army, made the first “submarine” attack on a warship. • Unsuccessfully placing a charge on a British war ship from the submersible named the “Turtle.”

24 Apr 1778 • John Paul Jones in command of the sloop Ranger defeats and captures the sloop HMS Drake.

23 Sep 1780 • John Paul Jones commanding the

Bonhomme Richard rejected the British surrender with “I have not yet begun to fight!” • His ship sank, but they were able to capture the frigate HMS Serapis.

30 Apr 1798 • The Department of the Navy is first established.

18 Jun 1798 • Benjamin Stoddert, first secretary of the Navy.

21 Aug 1862 • The Monitor was the Navy’s first armored ship, New Ironsides.

1 May 1898 • “You may fire when ready, Gridley.” • Commodore George Dewey’s words to his flagships captain where the Asiatic Squadron defeated the Spanish in Manila Bay.

12 Oct 1900 • SS1 Holland first submarine commissioned in the U.S. Navy. • 19 May 1902-DD5 Decatur Navy’s first active destroyer was commissioned.

20 Mar 1922 • A former coal-carrier, the Jupiter, was

converted into the USS Langley CV1 to become the Navy’s first aircraft carrier.

7 Dec 1941 • Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor

killing 2008 Navy men and inflecting serve damage on the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

4-8 May 1942 • Battle of the Coral Sea was fought

resulting in the end of Japanese advances in the South Pacific. • First Naval battle fought only by aircraft and opposing fleets never saw one another.

4-6 Jun 1942 • Battle of Midway ended Japanese initiative in the Pacific with the sinking of four of their carriers.

6 Jun 1944 • Nearly 2500 U.S. Navy ships and craft

take part in the Allies invasion of Normandy. • The largest amphibious assault in history.

2 Sep 1945 • Japan surrenders aboard the USS Missouri BB63.

Mission statement of the United States Navy

• The mission of the Navy is to maintain,

train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

Sea Power • World prosperity and security depends on free use of the seas. Markets crave security



and our vital interests are best served by a stable global system. 70% of the world is water, 80% of the world lives within a few hundred miles of the oceans and 90% of our commerce sails across it.

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