This Day in Naval History - Jan. 25

Story Number: NNS020108-14Release Date: 1/8/2002 12:47:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1941 - The keel to USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is laid. Commissioned in April 1944, she serves during the later stages of World War II in the Pacific. She is now a museum battleship stationed in Norfolk, Va.

1943 - USS Shad (SS 235) encounters German blockade runners transporting ore in the Bay of Biscay. Shad fires on Nordfels, but the torpedo fails to explode, and Nordfels returns to Bilbao, Spain.

1945 - USS McLanahan (DD 615) shells the German command post on the Italian Rivera and silences the shore battery.

1945 - USS Silversides (SS 236), despite the presence of auxiliary submarine chasers, sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Malay Maru off Kuro Jima.

1952 - High speed transport ship USS Wantuck (APD 125 ) under CTF 95 OpControl, lands South Korean troops at night for demolition raid on enemy rail line, tunnels and bridges east coast of Korea.

1963 - The 1st Seabee Technical Assistance Team arrives in Vietnam. By the end of 1964, 14 teams are operating or have completed their six-month tours.

1986 - Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) is commissioned.

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