This Day in Naval History - Feb. 12

Story Number: NNS011213-23Release Date: 12/13/2001 9:25:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1935 - USS Macon (ZRS-5) crashes into the sea off Point Sur, Calif., after encountering a storm that tore off her upper fin, effectively ending the Navy's trouble-plagued rigid-airship program.
1945 - USS Hawkbill (SS 366) sinks the small Japanese cargo vessel Kisaragi Maru and the two large boats that she was towing, Lombok Strait, N.E.I.
1947 - The first launch of a guided missile, the Loon, takes place on board USS Cusk (SS 348).

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