This Day in Naval History - Feb. 16


Story Number: NNS011213-27Release Date: 12/13/2001 9:29:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1804 - Lt. Stephen Decatur, with volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, enters Tripoli harbor by night in the ketch Intrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia.

1815 - The frigate Constitution captures British ship Susannah, despite the War of 1812 being over six weeks earlier. Word is slow getting to the fleet.

1944 - USS Skate (SS 305) sinks the Japanese light cruiser Agano as she deploys from Truk, Caroline Islands.

1945 - PB4Y-1 Liberators from (VPB 117) sink Japanese army cargo ship Ida Maru at Cape St. Jacques, French Indochina.

1952 - USS Gregory (DD 802), USS Twining (DD 540), and USS Rowan (DD 782) greet the first anniversary of the siege of Wonsan, Korea, with destructive interdiction fire.

1996 - Fast Attack Submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) is commissioned.

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