This Day in Naval History – July 30

Thursday, July 30, 2009

1918 - Units of First Marine Aviation Force arrive at Brest, France

1941 - Japanese aircraft bomb USS Tutuila (PR-4) at Chungking, China; First Navy ship damaged by Axis during World War II.

1942 - FDR signs act establishing WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). During World War II, over 80,000 officer and enlisted women served in the WAVES.

1944 - Naval Task Force lands Army troops near Cape Opmarai, New Guinea.

1945 - Japanese submarine, I-58, sinks USS Indianapolis (CA-35) in Philippine Sea; 316 out of 1199 crew survived.

1967 - Fire on board USS Forrestal off the coast of Vietnam results in death of 134 crew.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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