This Day in Naval History - May 23
From the Navy News Service:
- 1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in Arctic.
- 1939 - USS Squalus (SS 92) sinks off Postsmouth, N.H., with loss of 26 lives.
- 1962 - Launch of Aurora 7 (Mercury 7), piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Malcolm Scott Carpenter who completed three orbits in four hours, 56 minutes, at an altitude up to 166.8 statute miles at 17,549 mph.
- 1962 - USS Valcour (AVP 55) provides medical care to a merchant seaman from tanker SS Manhattan in the Persian Gulf.
For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at http://www.history.navy.mil.