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Sloop of War

US Military History Throughout The Years

Short bits of history you know and some you may not!

  • First Naval Aeronautical Detachment: Tuesday, June 5, 1917 – Shortly after the USA would join the first world war the French would request American Naval Aviators. These aviators would be part of the effort to combat the German U Boats operating in the Atlantic. TO fulfill the request the US would form the First Naval Aeronautical Detachment, consisting of 7 officers and 122 men. The first members of this detachment would arrive in France by boat on this day. Their arrival marks them as the first US Military units to arrive in France and the beginning of the US contribution to the Allied effort during WW1.
  • Sloop Of War: Tuesday, June 8, 1830 – Named after the Battle of Vincennes during the Revolutionary War the USS Vincennes was a sloop of war in the US Navy. The sloop was launched in 1826, in New York, and later that same year she would make way to Pacific to patrol the sea by way of passing around Cape Horn. After making her way through the Pacific she would continue on through the Indian Ocean and the Cape of Good Hope. On this day, after almost four years sailing around the globe the USS Vincennes would return to New York, becoming the first US Navy vessel to circumnavigate the globe. Upon return she was decommissioned. After receiving repairs she was set sail again, making another trip around the globe over the next few years. After another bought of decommissioned status she was join the Wilkes Expedition to the Antarctic and would continue to see service through the Civil War and final decommissioning after her long service with the US.
  • Behind Enemy Lines: Thursday, June 8, 1995 – USAF F-16C Pilot, Captain Scott O’Grady is rescued by a USMC tactical recovery team in Bosnia. Capt O’Grady was shot down on 2 June, by a Bosnian-Serb army surface-to-air missile, while conducting operations as a part of the NATO led Operation Deny Flight. Capt O’Grady would put his SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training to great use during his evasion of the enemy. He successfully avoided the enemy and was rescued on the morning of the 8th. During his extraction the USMC Sea Stallions carrying him and the rescue team would come under enemy fire. Thankfully, no one was injured and both helicopters would return to the USS Kearsarge without serious damage. The 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines is loosely based on these events.

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