Today in U.S. Naval History: July 26
Friday, July 26, 2013
Joy Bright Hancock, (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 26

1812 - Frigate Essex captures British brig Leander

1912 - First airborne radio communications from naval aircraft to ship (Lt. John Rodgers to USS Stringham)

1946 - Capt. Joy Bright Hancock appointed Director, Women's Naval Reserve.

1948 - President Harry S. Truman orders desegregation of the Armed Services.

1954 - Three aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) shoot down two Chinese fighters that fired on them while they were providing air cover for rescue operations for a U.K. airliner shot down by a Chinese aircraft.

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