Today in U.S. Naval History: December 20

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Admiral Ernest J. King (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 20

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.

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

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