Today in U.S. Naval History: December 16
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
USS Connecticut (BB-18), leading the Atlantic Fleet to Sea, circa December 1907, probably at the start of the cruise around the world. (Photo: The Navy Department Library)

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 16

1821 - Lt. Robert F. Stockton and Dr. Eli Ayers, a naval surgeon and member of American Colonizing Society, induce a local African king to sell territory for a colony which became the Republic of Liberia.

1907 - Great White Fleet departs Hampton Roads, Va. to circumnavigate the world.

1922 - USS Bainbridge (DD-246) rescues 482 persons from burning French transport Vinh-Long.

1941 - USS Swordfish (SS-193) sinks Japanese cargo ship Atsutasan Maru.

1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Harry B. Roby, USNR, performs an appendectomy on Torpedoman First Class W. R. Jones on board USS Grayback (SS-208). It is the second appendectomy performed on board a submarine.

1998 - In Operation Desert Fox, Navy cruise missiles attack Iraq.

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