This Day in Naval History - March 30

Story Number: NNS011215-31Release Date: 12/15/2001 6:37:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1944 - TF 58 begins bombing of Japanese airfields, shipping, fleet servicing facilities, and other installations at Palau, Yap, Ulithi, and Woleai in the Carolines. TBFs and TBMs from USS Lexington (CV 16), USS Bunker Hill (CV 19), and USS Hornet (CV 12) bomb extensive minefields in and around the channels and approaches to the Palaus in the first tactical use of mines laid by carrier aircraft.
1944 - USS Darter (SS 227) sinks a Japanese army cargo ship near New Guinea, despite the presence of an escort vessel. Also on this date, USS Picuda (SS 382) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks a transport ship near Guam while USS Stingray (SS 186) sinks a transport ship near Saipan.
1953 - During the Korean War, five enemy guns in the Wonsan area fire about 20 rounds at USS Prichett (DD 561), falling about 150 yards short. Prichett silences the enemy guns with counterbattery fire.
1973 - USS Forrestal (CVA 59) and Sixth Fleet ships provide aid to Tunisia following a disastrous flood, relocating 729 persons, 27 tons of cargo and an entire herd of 227 sheep.
2007 - USS Hawes (FFG 53) provides medical assistance to Liberian cargo vessel, MV Harmony, while conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the southern Persian Gulf.
1991 - USS Princeton (CG-59) and crew are awarded the Combat Action Ribbon in recognition of the superior and arduous work the crew put in to keep the ship in war-fighting status following the Feb. 18 mining of the ship where three crew members are injured and the ship's propeller is damaged during Operation Desert Storm.

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