Today in U.S. Naval History: December 2

Monday, December 02, 2013
USS Enterprise (CVN-65). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Rob Gaston

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 2

1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed.

1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by Lt. George C. Sweet, recommending purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation mission to Secretary of the Navy.

1941 - First Naval Armed Guard detachment (seven men under a coxswain) of World War II reports to Liberty ship, SS Dunboyne,

1944 - Two-day destroyer Battle of Ormoc Bay begins.

1965 - USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) become first nuclear-powered task unit used in combat operations with launch of air strikes near Bien Hoa, Vietnam

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