Today in U.S. Naval History - September 12
1916 - First demonstration of automatic stabilization and direction gear in aircraft
1944 - 5th Fleet carrier aircraft begin three-day attack on Japanese shipping and facilities in Visayas, Philippines
1952 - USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) took Marshall Josip Tito for a one-day cruise in the Adriatic Sea where he was shown flight operations.
1961 - Navy task force sails to aid the Galveston area after hurricane Carla hits Texas
1966 - Launch of Gemini 11, piloted by CDR Charles Conrad Jr., USN and LCDR Richard F. Gordon Jr., USN. Their mission lasted 2 days and 23 hours and included 44 orbits at an altitude of 1,368.9 km.. Recovery was by HS-3 helicopter from USS Guam (LPH-9)
1967- Operation Coronado V began in Mekong Delta
1992 - Joint Task Force Hawaii activated to provide humanitarian aid after Typhoon Iniki struck Hawaiian Islands
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