This Day in Naval History - Feb. 03

Story Number: NNS011213-12Release Date: 12/13/2001 9:09:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1863 - The "double-ender" side wheel steam gunboat USS Sonoma captures the blockade running British bark Springbok during the Civil War.

1917 - President Woodrow Wilson, in an address to Congress, severs diplomatic relations with Germany after the country decides on the first of the month to reintroduce the policy of unrestricted U-boat warfare.

1944 - PBY Catalinas and USAAF B-25s 5th Air Force aircraft attack a Japanese convoy west of New Hanover and sink a cargo ship, Nichiai Maru.

1944 - USS Tambor (SS 198) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks Goyu Maru and merchant tanker Ariake Maru about 200 miles southeast of Shanghai.

1990 - Dock Landing Ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) is commissioned.

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