This Day in Naval History - Feb. 24

Story Number: NNS011213-35Release Date: 12/13/2001 9:42:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1813 - The sloop of war Hornet, commanded by Capt. James Lawrence, encounters HMS Peacock off British Guyana and easily wins the engagement.

1942 - Task Force 16, commanded by Vice Adm. William F. Halsey Jr., leads the Wake Island Raid in an attempt to destroy the Japanese installations on the island.

1944 - PBY-5As (VP 63) employing Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) gear, bomb and sink German submarine U 761 as she attempts to transit the Straits of Gibraltar.

1945 - USS Lagarto (SS 371) sinks Japanese submarine I 371 and freighter Tatsumomo Maru off Bungo Strait, Kyushu.

1959 - USS Galveston (CLG 3) fired the first Talos surface-to-air missile.

1995 - Fast Attack Submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769) is commissioned.

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