This Day in Naval History - Jan. 04


Story Number: NNS011214-03Release Date: 12/11/2001 3:53:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1910 - USS Michigan, the first U.S. dreadnought battleship, is commissioned.
1943 - USS Shad (SS 235) sinks German minesweeper M 4242 (ex-French trawler Odet II) in the Bay of Biscay.
1944 - USS Bluefish (SS 222) and USS Rasher (SS 269) attack a Japanese convoy off French Indochina; Bluefish sinks a merchant tanker while Rasher damages another tanker. Also on this date USS Cabrilla (SS 288) sinks a Japanese freighter off Cape Padran, French Indochina while USS Tautog (SS 109) sinks a Japanese freighter off southern Honshu.
1945 - During attacks against the U.S. Navy force bound for the Lingayen Gulf, a kamikaze crashes into escort carrier USS Ommaney Bay (CVE 79) in the Sulu Sea and damages her beyond repair. USS Burns (DD 588) scuttled the carrier escort.
1989 - VF-32 F-14 "Tomcats" from USS John F. Kennedy shoot down two hostile Libyan MiGs with AIM-7 [Sparrow] and AIM-9 [Sidewinder] missiles in the central Med north of Tobruk in international waters. As a CVW-3 chronicler laconically summed it up: 'USN - 2, Libya - 0.'

 
 
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