This Day in Naval History - Aug. 12

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

From the Navy News Service

1812 - USS Constitution captures and destroys brig Adeona.
1918 - Secretary of the Navy approves acceptance of women as yeoman in U.S. Navy.
1942 - USS Cleveland (CL 55) demonstrates effectiveness of radio-proximity fuze (VT-fuze) against aircraft by successfully destroying three drones with proximity bursts fired by her five-inch guns.
1944 - Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., USNR, the older brother of John F. Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot in a mid-air explosion after taking off from England in a PB-4Y from Special Attack Unit One (SAU-1). Following manual takeoff, they were supposed to parachute out over the while the radio-controlled explosive filled drone proceeded to attack a German V-2 missile-launching site. Possible causes include faulty wiring or FM signals from a nearby transmitter.
1957 - In first test of Automatic Carrier Landing System, Lt. Cmdr. Don Walker is landed on USS Antietam (CV 36).
1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN 571) arrives at , completing first submerged under ice cruise from Pacific to Atlantic oceans.

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