This Day in U.S. Naval History – December 20

Monday, December 20, 2010

1822 - Congress authorizes the 14-ship West Indies Squadron to suppress piracy in the Caribbean.

1941 - Admiral Ernest J. King designated Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet in charge of all operating naval fleets and coastal frontier forces, reporting directly to the President.

1964 - USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) completes a successful emergency mission in aiding the disabled American Merchant Ship, SS Oceanic Spray in the Red Sea.

1974 - Clearance of Suez Canal for mines and unexploded ordnance completed by Joint Task Force.

1989 - Operation Just Cause begins in Panama.

1998 - Operation Desert Fox in Iraq ends.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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