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This Day in Naval History – May 28

1813 - Frigate Essex and prize capture five British whalers 1917 - First underway fueling in U.S. Navy, USS Maumee fuels 6 destroyers in North Atlantic. LCDR Chester W. Nimitz served as Maumee's executive officer and chief engineer. 1957 - 1st of 24 detonations, Operation Plumbbob nuclear test 1980 - 55 women become first women graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy. (Source: Navy News Service)


Today in U.S. Naval History: May 28

Today in U.S. Naval History: May 28 1813 - Frigate Essex and prize capture five British whalers 1917 - First underway fueling in U.S. Navy, USS Maumee fuels 6 destroyers in North Atlantic. LCDR Chester W. Nimitz served as Maumee's executive officer and chief engineer. 1957 - 1st of 24 detonations, Operation Plumbbob nuclear test 1980 - 55 women become first women graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy. For more information about naval history


This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 21

1917 - Loretta Walsh becomes first woman Navy petty officer when sworn in as Chief Yeoman 1919 - Navy installs and tests Sperry gyrocompass, in first instance of test of aircraft gyrocompass 1945 - Bureau of Aeronautics initiates rocket-powered surface-to-air guided missile development by awarding contract to Fairchild (Source: Navy News Service)


Petrobas CEO Forbes' Top Global Leader Outside USA

Maria das Graças Foster.jpg

For the second year running Petrobras CEO, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, is ranked by the American magazine Fortune the most powerful female executive in the world, among an international list of business women from various industries. Graça Foster has topped the listings for female executives outside the United States.
 To prepare the global ranking of the Most Powerful Women in Business, Fortune selected a group of 50 candidates from various countries, such as England


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 12

Commander Rosemary Mariner assuming command of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ-34) at Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, California in 1990. She was the first Navy woman to assume command of an aviation squadron. In 1993, Mariner became one of the first woman aviators to be promoted to Captain. (Collection of Captain Rosemary Mariner, USN, [Retired]. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 12 1836 - Commissioning of Charles H. Haswell as first regularly appointed Engineer Officer. 1916 - North Carolina is first Navy ship to carry and operate aircraft 1921 - Congress creates Bureau of Aeronautics to be in charge of all matter pertaining to naval aeronautics. 1951 - Ninth Naval District forces assist in flood relief work in Kansas City through July 20 1953 - United Nations Fleet launches heavy air and sea attack on Wonsan; Major


This Day in Naval History - Dec. 22

From the Navy News Service 1775 - Congress commissions the first Naval officers: Esek Hopkins, commander in chief of the fleet, Capts. Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham Whipple, Nicolas Biddle and John Hopkins. Lieutenants appointed included John Paul Jones. 1841 - USS Mississippi, the first U.S. ocean-going side-wheel steam warship, is commissioned in Philadelphia. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class Thomas A. Moore performs an appendectomy on Fireman 2nd Class George M


First Woman Takes Panamanian Presidency

Panama's first woman president was due to take power last Wednesday, four months before the tiny nation takes control of one of the world's most important waterways, the Panama Canal. Mireya Moscoso, the 53-year-old widow of three-time Panamanian President Arnulfo Arias, won the May elections with 45 percent of the vote, throwing her predecessor, Ernesto Perez Balladares, out of power and pledging to fight poverty and unemployment in the country of 2.7 million people.


This Day in U.S. Naval History – December 22

1775 - Congress commissions first naval officers: Esek Hopkins, Commander in Chief of the Fleet, Captains Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham Whipple, Nicolas Biddle, and John Hopkins. Lieutenants included John Paul Jones. 1841 - Commissioning of USS Mississippi, first U.S. ocean-going side-wheel steam warship, at Philadelphia. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Thomas A. Moore performs appendectomy on Fireman Second Class George M. Platter on board USS Silversides (SS-236).


Today in U.S. Naval Hisory: July 23

USS Nautilus (SSN-571). Artwork by John Landry. (NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 72609-KN)

Today in U.S. Naval Hisory - July 23 1947 - First Navy all jet squadron (VF-17A) receives its first aircraft (FH). 1948 - USS Putnum (DD-757) evacuates U.N. team from Haifa, Israel and becomes first U.S. Navy ship to fly the U.N. flag. 1950 - USS Boxer sets record crossing of Pacific to bring aircraft, troops, and supplies to Korea at start of the Conflict 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) departs Pearl Harbor for first submerged transit of North Pole.


This Day in Naval History - Feb. 12

From the Navy News Service 1945 - USS Batfish (SS 310) sinks its second Japanese submarine within three days. 1947 - USS Cusk (SS 348) sets a a milestone, launching the first guided-missile (Loon) from a submarine. 1950 - The U.S. naval forces operating in the Mediterranean Sea since 1946 are officially designated the 6th Fleet. 1976 - Capt. Fran McKee becomes the Navy's first woman line officer selected for promotion to the rank of rear admiral.


POLB’s First Woman Commissioner Dies at 93

Louise M. DuVall (Courtesy POLB)

Louise M. DuVall, the first woman to serve on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, died Saturday, April 19. She was 93. She was appointed to two terms on the Harbor Commission, serving from Feb. 6, 1979, to July 18, 1990. She advocated for women to rise in the legal profession and the


“Rosie the Riveters” Meet with VP Biden

Photo: Office of VP Biden

Six of the original "Rosie the Riveters" who worked in Kaiser Shipyard during World War II gained a little more recognition Monday after being welcomed to the White House by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. ABC reported that Phyllis Gould, one of the original riveters


Training Will Help Women Thrive in Maritime Sector

Claudia Grant, Deputy Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica

Women have a significant role to play in the development of the maritime sector in the Caribbean, region but in order to survive and thrive they need access to professional training and education systems backed by internationally recognized and enforced employment standards.


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 21

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 21 1917 - Loretta Walsh becomes first woman Navy petty officer when sworn in as Chief Yeoman. 1919 - Navy installs and tests Sperry gyrocompass, in first instance of test of aircraft gyrocompass 1945 - Bureau of Aeronautics initiates rocket-powered


Murray Selected to Lead ICoTA

Kelly Murray and Andrew Louden (Photo courtesy ICoTA)

Oil and gas industry body, the Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter, has appointed Former vice-chair Kelly Murray as the new chair and vice-chair. Murray will be the first women to take the helm as chair of the organization in the chapter’s 20-year history


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 26

Captain Sue S. Dauser (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 26 1811 - Congress authorizes first naval hospital 1913 - Approval of experimental wind tunnel for Navy 1944 - Sue Sophia Dauser, Superintendent of the Navy's Nurse Corps is first woman in Navy to receive rank of Captain.


New L.A. Harbor Commissioners Hold First Meeting

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

The newly assembled Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners held its first meeting, with four of the five-member panel newly appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Three of the commissioners are Harbor Area residents.  The Harbor Commission is expected to elect its president and


Today in U.S. Naval history: November 11

Lenah S. Higbee (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval history - November 11 1870 - Navy expedition to explore the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, southern Mexico, commanded by Capt. Robert W. Shufeldt, enters the Coatzacoalcos River to begin a survey for possible interoceanic canal. Support provided by USS Kansas and USS Mayflower.


Today in U.S. Naval History: October 15

USS Cassin (DD-43). (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 15 1917 - USS Cassin (DD-43) torpedoed by German submarine U-61 off coast of Ireland. In trying to save the ship, Gunner's Mate Osmond Kelly Ingram becomes first American sailor killed in World War I and later is awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism


Ray LaHood Accepts 2013 WTS Navigator Award

L to R: WTS President & CEO Marcia Ferranto, Transportation YOU student Sabrina Gantt, Ray LaHood, Deputy Transportation Secretary for the NYS Governors Office Karen Rae, WTS Chair, Dana Hook, P.E.

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood accepted the 2013 WTS Navigator Award—the first ever awarded by WTS International--at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, Tuesday night.   The Navigator Award was created by WTS


SUNY Maritime President Announces Departure

Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, USN (Ret.)

SUNY Maritime College President Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, USN (Ret.), announced on Friday, September 6, 2013, that she will step down shortly after the completion of the Fall semester. Admiral Carpenter has served as President since August 31, 2011


Kastrop Elected Chair of Redwood City Port Commission

Lorianna Kastrop

Lorianna Kastrop has been elected as Chair of the Redwood City Port Commission, the first woman to hold the position in the Port's 76-year history. In June 2008, Kastrop was the second woman in history appointed to the Port Commission. The first was Marguerite Leipzig, in the early 1980s


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 12

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 12 1944 - Four U.S. Carrier Groups (15 carriers) begin attack on Japanese positions in the Marianas. 1948 - The Women's Armed Forces Integration Act provides for enlistment and appointment of women in the Naval Reserve.


Coast Guard Promotes Female Rescue Swimmer

CPO  Karen Voorhees: Photo credit USCG

Chief Petty Officer Karen Voorhees is the first woman to be advanced to chief petty officer in the rate of aviation survival technician. “In 1976 we had the first female graduate from aviation survivalman school. In 1986 we had the first female graduate from a navy rescue swimmer school


Today in U.S. Naval history: May 17

Today in U.S. Naval history - May 17 1940 - FDR announces plans to recommission 35 more destroyers 1942 - USS Tautog (SS-199) sinks Japanese sub, I-28; while USS Triton (SS-201) sinks I-164 1951 - Aircraft from carriers attack bridges between Wonsan and Hamhung, Korea


 
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