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Today in Naval History
July 19
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1812 - The frigate, USS Constitution, under the command of Capt. Isaac Hull, escapes the British squadron on a three-day chase off the coast of New Jersey.
On This Day

1812

The frigate, USS Constitution, under the command of Capt. Isaac Hull, escapes the British squadron on a three-day chase off the coast of New Jersey.

1918

During World War I, USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6) sinks off Fire Island, N.Y., by a mine placed by German submarine (U 156). The cruiser sinks in 28 minutes with the loss of six lives and is the only major warship lost by the U.S. in World War I.

1940

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the second Naval Expansion Act.

1960

USS Ammen (DD 527) and USS Collett (DD 730) collide in the fog off California, killing 11 men and injuring 20 other shipmates.

1997

USS Seawolf (SSN 21) is commissioned at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn.