May 24

Naval History News of Note

Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:36 PM

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This week’s news stories concerning naval history:

 

John Glenn Navy Flight Helmet 1

The U.S. Navy helmet that John Glenn wore during the first supersonic transcontinental flight is up for auction. Glenn flew from Los Alamitos, California to NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York at a record speed of 725.55 mph during Project Bullet. The success of the mission led to Glenn being selected for the Mercury program.

 

USS Slater museum

The museum ship USS Slater received a much-needed grant to repair the mast and hull. The Cannon-class destroyer escort was commissioned in 1944 and participated in Atlantic convoys. She was sold to Greece after the war and then donated to the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association upon being decommissioned in 1991.

 

Attu - 37mm antitank crew

The only land battle in North America during WWII took place 75 years ago this month. The U.S. Navy supported the landing of troops to retake Attu from the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands. Many historians speculate that the Japanese had invaded the Aleutians to divert U.S. forces away from Midway.

 

NR-1

The control room of the unique mini-sub NR-1 has been acquired by the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport, Washington, and will eventually be placed on exhibit. The NR-1 “Nerwin” was the smallest nuclear submarine ever put into operation and was designed to perform deep sea engineering and recovery missions.

 

A beach has been cordoned off and bomb squads are on site after an explosive device was discovered. The military team is working with emergency services and local agencies to keep the public safe while the wartime explosive device is dealt with in water off Elmer beach, near Bognor Regis. The large metal object, about 6ft long, was found in the water below the high water mark on Saturday morning (May 19). A military ordinance disposal team attended and confirmed it is a German World War II sea mine, estimated to weigh about 1000 kilos. Work to make the device safe is being carried out when the tides allow access and the area on the beach has been cordoned off, said Sussex Police. A number of houses along the adjacent seafront have been visited and residents were advised to leave their windows open and to use only the rear part of the premises while the device is being dealt with and made safe. No evacuations have been necessary at this stage, said police. Chief Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “We are working to ensure that the public remains safe while this device is safely dealt with by the military ordinance experts. “We are following their advice of safe distances and areas within which the public should not go. “The situation is being kept under careful review and further action to ensure the public remains safe will be taken if necessary. “In the meantime, we thank the local residents who have been involved so far for their cooperation and their patience. “We ask other members of the public to avoid the area whether on the beach itself or swimming or sailing offshore.” A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said, “Coastguard teams from Littlehampton and Selsey are helping with a safety cordon and a HM Coastguard will be broadcasting to vessels to keep clear of immediate vicinity of Elmer Beach while military explosives team deal with the ordnance today.”

A WWII German mine that washed up on a beach in West Sussex, UK, was taken back out to sea and detonated by the Royal Navy. Beachgoers had initially mistaken the 2,200 pound mine for an oil drum.

 

USS Charles F Adams !

A new development agreement to bring the guided missile destroyer USS Charles F Adams to Jacksonville, Florida, as a museum ship has been approved. The Charles F. Adams was commissioned in 1960 and later participated in the blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis. She was decommissioned in 1990. Efforts to move the ship from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to Jacksonville started in 2008.