This Day in Naval History - Jan. 28

Story Number: NNS020108-17Release Date: 1/8/2002 12:49:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1865 - Confederate torpedo boat St. Patrick strikes the side-wheel gunboat USS Octorara, off Mobile Bay, but her spar torpedo fails to explode.

1944 - PB4Y-1 (VB 103) aircraft sink German submarine, U 271, off Limerick, Ireland.

1945 - Submarine USS Spadefish (SS 411) attacks Japanese convoy west of Chuja Kundo, Korea and sinks escort vessel Kume and transport Sanuki Maru.

1962 - USS Cook (APD-130) rescues 25 survivors from Panamanian tanker, SS Stanvac Sumatra, which broke in two in the South China Sea.

1986 - The Space Shuttle Challenger tragically explodes early in its boost phase, killing all seven astronauts, including Navy Cmdr. Michael Smith.

1995 - Coastal Patrol Ship USS Chinook (PC 9) is commissioned.

2006 - Guided Missile Destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) is commissioned.

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