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March 29

1954 - Carrier aircraft began reconnaissance near Dien Bien Phu, Indochina

1960 - Launch of first fully integrated Fleet Ballistic Missile from USS Observation Island

1973 - Naval Advisory Group and Naval forces, Vietnam disestablished and last U.S. prisoners of war left Vietnam.

1975 - Evacuation of Danang by sea began

March 30

1944 - First use of torpedo squadrons from carriers to drop aerial mines (Palau Harbor)

1972 - Easter Offensive began in Vietnam

March 31

1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry negotiates Treaty of Kanagawa to open trade between U.S. and Japan

1971 - Poseidon (C-3) missile becomes operational when USS James Madison began her 3rd patrol carrying 16 tactical Poseidon missiles.

1992 - USS Missouri (BB-63), the last active American battleship is decommissioned.

April 1

1893 - Navy General Order 409 of 25 February 1893 establishes the rate of Chief Petty Officer as of this date.

1917 - Boatswain's Mate 1/c John I. Eopolucci, a Naval Armed Guard on board the steamship Aztec, died when the vessel was sunk by a German U-boat. He was the first U.S. Navy sailor killed in action in World War I.

1942 - First Naval Air Transportation Service (NATS) squadron for Pacific operations commissioned

1945 - Over 1200 Navy ships and Army troops begin invasion of Okinawa

1966 - The command, US Naval Forces Vietnam established

1967 - Helicopter squadron HAL 3 activated at Vung Tau

April 2

1781 - Frigate Alliance captures 2 British privateers, Mars and Minerva

1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begun at Portsmouth, VA

1947 - UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship

1951 - First Navy use of jet aircraft as a bomber, launched from a carrier, USS Princeton.

1960 - USS Glacier begins 12 days of relief operations, providing helicopter and boat transportation and emergency supplies to residents of Paramaribo, Suriname after floods.

April 3

1797 - CAPT Thomas Truxtun issued first known American signal book using numerary system

1942 - ADM Nimitz named Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, a joint command, and retained his other title, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet

1992 - First five coed recruit companies from Orlando, FL Naval Training Center graduate.

April 4

1776 - Continental Navy frigate Columbus captures HM Tender Hawke, first American capture of British armed vessel

1854 - Sailors and Marines from sailing sloop, Plymouth, protect U.S. citizens at Shanghai

1898 - Appointment of first Civil Engineering Corps officer, Mordecai Endicott, as Chief, Bureau of Yards and Docks

1949 - Establishment of NATO