This Day in Navy History - December 20

(Navy News Service)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
1822 - Congress authorizes the 14-ship West Indies Squadron to suppress piracy in the Caribbean.
1941 - Adm. Ernest J. King is designated commander-in-chief 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, aiding the disabled American merchant ship SS Oceanic Spray in the Red Sea
1974 - Clearance of the 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.
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