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April 5

1946 - USS Missouri arrives in Turkey to return the body of Turkish ambassador to the U.S. and to show U.S. support and willingness to defend Turkey.

April 6

1776 - Sloop-of-war Ranger, frigate Queen of France and frigate Warren capture British Hibernia and 7 other vessels

1862 - Naval Gunfire from Tyler and Lexington help save Union Troops at Battle of Shiloh

1909 - Commander Robert E. Peary reports reaching the North Pole

1917 - U.S. declares war on Germany

1945 - First heavy kamikaze attack on ships at Okinawa.

1961 - USS Lake Champlain brings oxygen to aid stricken passenger of British liner Queen of Bermuda.

1968 - USS New Jersey recommissioned for shore bombardment duty in Vietnam

1989 - President orders DOD to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup

1993 - Branch Navy Hospital Adak responds to crash of civilian Chinese airline providing lifesaving treatment and medical evacuation of 89 injured passengers. Only one passenger out of 265 passengers died.

April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward

1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S.

1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service

1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN

1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk

1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, CT

April 8

1925 - First planned night landings on a carrier, USS Langley, by VF-1

1950 - Unarmed Navy patrol aircraft shot down over Baltic Sea by USSR

1951 - 1st of 4 detonations, Operation Greenhouse nuclear test

April 9

1861 - Second relief convoy for Fort Sumter left New York

1941 - Commissioning of USS North Carolina, which carried 9 16-inch guns

1943 - Re-establishment of Commodore rank

1959 - Selection of first 7 Mercury astronauts, include 4 naval aviators

April 10

1941 - USS Niblack, while rescuing survivors of torpedoed ship, depth charged German submarine; first action of WW II between U.S. and German navies

1963 - During diving tests, USS Thresher lost with all hands (112 crew and 12 civilians) east of Cape Cod, MA

1966 - River Patrol Boats of River Patrol Force commenced operations on inland waters of South Vietnam

April 11

1783 - Congress declares end of war with Great Britain

1900 - Navy accepted its first submarine, USS Holland

1970 - Launch of Apollo 13, commanded by CAPT James A. Lovell, Jr., USN. Former naval aviator Fred W. Haise, Jr. was the Lunar Module Pilot. While 200,000 miles from Earth there was an explosion on board which forced Apollo 13 to circle the moon without landing. Mission duration was 5 days, 22 hours, and 54 minutes. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2).