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Sep 10

Happy 65th Birthday to the USS Midway (CV-41)

Friday, September 10, 2010 9:45 AM

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If you are ever in San Diego, the USS Midway Museum is a must-see!! For additional images of the Midway from our collection, click here. h/t National Naval Aviation Museum Facebook Fan Page! credit-n.ru http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html

 
Sep 2

Lieutenant Junior Grade George Herbert Walker Bush, USNR and his rescue by Finback

Thursday, September 2, 2010 12:01 AM

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On September 2, 1944 Lieutenant Junior Grade George Herbert Walker Bush, then a pilot with Torpedo Squadron Fifty-One (VT-51 ) assigned to the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) , flew a bombing mission against a Japanese radio station on Chichi Jima. Despite his TBM Avenger being struck by heavy anti-aircraft fire before reaching the target, Lt.(jg) Bush pressed onward to deliver his payload of four 500-lb. bombs. This dedication to the completion of his mission earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Shortly thereafter, clouds of smoke enveloped the cockpit and Bush evacuated the aircraft 1,500 feet above the ocean. Radioman Second Class… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 27

Stingray Lands Guerillas on Luzon, 27 August 1944

Friday, August 27, 2010 12:02 AM

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The submarine USS Stingray (SS 186) landed fifteen Philippine personnel and six tons of supplies on the island of Luzon on 27 August 1944. This operation was in support of guerilla operations in advance of the U.S. landings in the Philippines. This mission was one of dozens of “special transport” missions carried out by submarines to land, support, or evacuate people ashore on Japanese-held islands throughout the war. A historical marker near the landing site was dedicated in 2007. Two Stingray sailors and one Blackfin (SS 322) sailor—all in their eighties—attended the ceremony at which the marker was dedicated not… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 26

Washington Spots Slave Ship Amistad, 26 August 1839

Thursday, August 26, 2010 6:00 AM

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The U.S. brig Washington was one of a number of vessels employed by the Navy to survey and map the coasts and harbors of the United States for the Coast Survey. The Coast Survey (predecessor to today’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) was part of the Treasury Department, but employed officers of the U.S. Navy. A number of young, scientifically minded naval officers were assigned to survey duty when their services were not needed for naval operations. The brig Washington, under the command of Lieutenant Thomas R. Gedney, was employed in summer 1839 in surveying and sounding operations off the… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 25

The Loss of USS Cochino (SS-345)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 12:00 PM

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On the morning of 25 August 1949, during a training cruise north of the Arctic Circle, the submarine Cochino (SS-345), in company with Tusk (SS-426), attempted to submerge to snorkel depth in the Barents Sea, but the crashing waves played havoc with these efforts. At 1048, a muffled thud rocked Cochino and news of a fire in the after battery compartment quickly passed through the boat. A second explosion soon followed and CDR Rafael Benitez, the commanding officer, ordered all of the crew not on watch or fighting fires topside. During this orderly evacuation, however, Seaman J. E. Morgan fell… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 24

The Battle of the Eastern Solomons

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:01 AM

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On 24 August 1942, the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CV-6) burned after being hit by three Japanese bombs. One struck near the number three elevator, plunging several decks before exploding, killing 35 men and starting fires in storerooms and quarters. Another penetrated the edge of the flight deck and detonated amongst the ready ammunition, destroying the number three 5-inch gun gallery and killing another 38 men instantly. The third struck abaft the island and started more fires. The seven sailors stationed in the steering engine room suffered as the fires forward of them and above them burned. They had shut down… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 21

21 August 1883: First Shipboard Electric Lights

Saturday, August 21, 2010 12:01 AM

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Today marks the 127th anniversary of the installation of electric lighting in the steam frigate USS Trenton – the first such installation in a US warship. Of seven electric power companies asked by the Bureau of Navigation to bid on the project, only the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting did so, asking $5500 for a dynamo, engine, over two hundred lights, wiring and associated equipment. This experiment was a success, and the next year the Navy contracted for the lighting of three more ships. In 1886, the Bureau of Navigation reported that “[t]his method of lighting ships of war, owing to the… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 16

Happy 68th Birthday to the USS Alabama (BB-60)

Monday, August 16, 2010 7:33 PM

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Interested in touring the USS Alabama (BB-60), click here. For a brief history of the Battleship Alabama, click here. For additional images, click here.

 
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