Today in U.S. Naval History - December 11
1941 - Contract establishes the Naval Salvage Service.
1941 - Wake Island Garrison under Commander Winfield Cunningham repulses Japanese invasion force.
1954 - First supercarrier of 59,630 tons, USS Forrestal (CVA-59), launched at Newport News, Va.
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