This Day in Naval History - Jan. 29

Story Number: NNS020108-18Release Date: 1/8/2002 12:50:00 PM
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1862 - The storeship USS Supply captures schooner Stephen Hart loaded with a argo of arms and munitions, south of Sarasota, Fla., with cargo of arms and munitions.

1942 - USS Quail (AM 15) bombards Japanese troop concentrations at Longoskawayan Point, Luzon.

1943 - The Battle of Rennell Island begins when Japanese shore-based aircraft attack Task Force 18 cruisers and destroyers covering the movement of transports toward Guadalcanal. USS Chicago (CA 29) is damaged and sinks the next day.

1944 - USS Tambor (SS 198) attacks a Japanese convoy in the Nansei Shoto and sinks freighter Shuntai Maru north of Okinawa.

1944 - The battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) is christened. Built at the New York Navy Yard, her keel was laid on Jan. 6, 1941. After her christening and launching Jan. 29, she is completed rapidly, commissioning on June 11 of the same year, the last battleship to enter active service in the U.S. Navy.

1945 - While loading a cargo of depth charges in Lunga Roads, off Guadalcanal, USS Serpens (AK-97) is destroyed by a massive explosion. All but two of the 198 Coast Guard crewmen, plus 57 Army stevedores are killed.

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