​March 18, 1972: The U.S.S. Jesse L. Brown Launches

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The U.S.S. Jesse L. Brown, a frigate named after the 1st African-American naval aviator in the U.S. Navy, was launched.

USS Jesse L. Brown (DE/FF/FFT-1089) was a Knox-class frigate of the United States Navy. She was named for Jesse L. Brown, the 1st African-American naval aviator in the U.S. Navy. The ship was eventually decommissioned and sold to the Egyptian Navy and was renamed Damiyat (F961). The name is also transliterated as Damyat and Damietta by some sources.

Jesse LeRoy Brown was the 1st African-American naval aviator in the United States Navy, a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the first naval officer killed in the Korean War.

Read more about Jesse L. Brown at: Daily Black History Facts

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