This Day in Naval History - Feb. 06

Story Number: NNS011213-17Release Date: 12/13/2001 9:19:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1862 - During the Civil War, Naval forces, under Flag Officer A. H. Foote, capture strategic Fort Henry on the Tennessee River.
1922 - The world powers of the United States, Great Britain, Japan, France and Italy, sign the Washington Naval Treaty providing for limitation of naval armament.
1944 - Lt. j.g. C.I. Purnell, in his PB4Y-1 "Liberator" aircraft, sinks German submarine, U-177, west of Ascension Island, in the South Atlantic.
1973 - In accordance with the agreement at the Paris Peace Talks, Navy Task Force 78 begins Operation End Sweep, the mine clearance of North Vietnamese waters of mines laid in 1972.

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