This Day in Naval History - Dec. 11

Tuesday, December 11, 2007
1941 - A contract establishes the Naval Salvage Service.

1941 - The Wake Island Garrison, under the command of Cmdr. Winfield Cunningham, turns away a Japanese invasion force.

1954 - The first supercarrier, USS Forrestal (CVA-59), launched at Newport News, Va., weighing more than 59,630 tons.

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