This Day in Naval History - Dec. 28

Story Number: NNS011214-12Release Date: 12/14/2001 3:29:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1905 - The dry dock Dewey leaves Solomon's Island, Md., en route through the Suez Canal to the Philippines to serve as repair base. It is the longest towing job accomplished at the time, guided by the tug Potomac, a pair of colliers Brutus and Caesar, and the storeship Glacier, arriving at its destination nearly six months later, July 10, 1906.

1941 - Rear Adm. Ben Moreell, chief of Bureau of Yards and Docks, requests construction battalions be recruited.

1944 - USS Dace (SS 247) attacks a Japanese convoy off Cape Varella, French Indochina and sinks supply ship Nozaki and damages Chefoo Maru.

1982 - USS New Jersey (BB 62), the first of four Iowa-class battleships, is recommissioned for the third time after her original 1943 commissioning.

1990 - USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS America (CV-66) Carrier Battle Groups deploy from Norfolk, Va., for the Middle East to join Operation Desert Shield.

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