This Day In Naval History - Jan. 12

Story Number: NNS011214-04Release Date: 12/11/2001 4:27:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1813 - During the War of 1812, the frigate Chesapeake, commanded by Capt. Samuel Evans, captures British merchant Volunteer and two days later, British brig Liverpool Hero.

1943 - Submarine Guardfish (SS 217) sinks Japanese Patrol Boat No.1 about 10 miles southwest of the Tingwon Islands, located just southwest of the northern tip of New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago.

1944 - PB4Ys bomb Japanese shipping in Kwajalein lagoon and sink the gunboat Ikuta Maru, while PBY-5s from Tarawa mine Tokowa and Torappu Channels and the south entrance to Maleolap.

1945 - Task Force 38, commanded by Vice Adm. John S. McCain, continues to bomb Japanese shipping, airfields and installations in French Indochina while also attacking three Japanese convoys, sinking approximately 30 Japanese vessels with numerous other vessels damaged.

1953 - Aircraft landings begin operational tests, day and night, onboard USS Antietam (CVA-36), the first angled flight deck carrier.

1991 - Guided Missile Cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) is commissioned.

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