This Day in Naval History - July 23


Story Number: NNS020718-11Release Date: 7/18/2002 2:10:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1943 - USS George E. Badger (DD 196) sinks German submarine (U 613), en route to mine waters off Jacksonville, Fla., south of the Azores.

1943 - USS Charles J. Badger (DD 657) is commissioned by Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N.Y.

1943 - TBFs (VC 9) from USS Bogue (AVG 9) breaks up a rendezvous between German submarines (U 527) and (U 648) south of the Azores. U-527 sinks at while U-648 escapes.

1943 - PB4Y aircraft from (VB 107) sinks German submarine (U 598) off Brazil.

1950 - USS Boxer (CV 21) sets the record of crossing the Pacific, bringing aircraft, troops and supplies for the Korean War, arriving at Yokosuka, Japan. She carries a load of 145 (P 51) and six (L 5) Air Force aircraft, 19 Navy aircraft, 1,012 passengers and 2,000 tons of additional cargo, all urgently needed for operations in Korea. In making this delivery, Boxer breaks all existing records for a Pacific crossing, steaming from Alameda, Calif., to Yokosuka in 8 days and 16 hours. On her return trip to the U.S. on July 27, she cuts the time down to seven days, ten hours and 36 minutes.

1994 - USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201) is launched at New Orleans, La. Operated by Military Sealift Command, Patuxent is the 15th ship in the Henry J. Kaiser-class of underway replenishment oilers.

2017 - After a two-year restoration at historic Dry Dock 1 at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park, America's oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution is refloated. Since entering dry dock on May 18, 2015, ship restorers from the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston, and teams of Constitution Sailors have worked to bring Old Ironsides back to her glory.

 
 
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