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October 29
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1814 - The first steam-powered U.S. Navy warship, Fulton, launches at New York City.
On This Day

1814

The first steam-powered U.S. Navy warship, Fulton, launches at New York City. Commissioned in June 1816, she carries President James Monroe on a day cruise in New York Harbor a year later.

1942

PBY-5 Catalinas from Patrol Squadron (VP) 11 sink Japanese submarine I 172.

1956

The 6th Fleet is ordered to evacuate U.S. nationals during the Suez Canal Crisis. Some of the ships involved are USS Coral Sea (CVA 43), USS Randolph (CVA 15), USS Antietam (CVA 36), and a series of support vessels. By Nov. 3, approximately 2,000 people are evacuated.

1980

USS Parsons (DDG 33) rescues 110 Vietnamese refugees 330 miles south of Saigon.

1989

A developmental prototype of the advanced capability version of the EA‑6B Prowler makes its first flight.

2002

Commander Central Command Gen. Tommy R. Franks, USA, announces the impending deployment of 700 to 800 Marines to Djibouti as part of Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa.

2011

Virginia class submarine USS California (SSN 781) is commissioned at Norfolk, Va.