This Day in Naval History - Dec. 10


Story Number: NNS011210-16Release Date: 12/10/2001 5:36:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1843 - The first steam ship with screw propeller, USS Princeton, is launched. In 1844, her guns explode during a demonstration and kill Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer and several others.

1941 - Capt. George J. McMillin surrenders the island of Guam to the Japanese invasion force commanded by Rear Adm. Goto Aritomo. In the summer of 1944, the island is liberated by the United States. During the Spanish-American War, Guam was captured for the United States by the cruiser USS Charleston on June 20-21, 1898.

1941- SBD aircraft from USS Enterprise (CV 6) attack and sink the Japanese submarine I-70 north of Hawaiian Islands. A participant in the Pearl Harbor Attack, I-70 is the first major Japanese combatant ship sunk during World War II.

1941 - A PBY aircraft piloted by Lt. Harmon T. Utter is attacked by three Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 Type 0 carrier fighters (ZERO). Chief Boatswain Earl D. Payne, Utter's bow gunner shoots down one, scoring the U.S. Navy's first verifiable air-to-air "kill" of a Japanese plane in the Pacific War.

1982 - The nuclear powered USS Ohio (SSBN-726), first Trident-Class submarine, returns from its first deterrent patrol.

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