This Day in Naval History – Dec. 31

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

1862 - USS Monitor founders in a storm off Cape Hatteras, NC.

1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

1942 - Commissioning of USS Essex (CV-9), first of new class of aircraft carriers, at Norfolk, VA

1948 - Last annual report by a Secretary of the Navy to Congress and the President filed by SECNAV John L. Sullivan. Thereafter the Secretary of Defense would report annually to Congress.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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