On This Day…December 12th
Amazing photo of Task Group 38.3 entering Ulithi atoll on December 12th, 1944. From foreground to back, the ships are;
USS Langley (CV-27)
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
USS Washington (BB-56)
USS North Carolina (BB-55)
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
USS Santa Fe (CL-60)
USS Biloxi (CL-80)
USS Mobile (CL-63)
USS Oakland (CL-95)
On December 12, 1862, the USS Cairo, one of the Union Army’s first iron clad warships, struck a ‘torpedo’ detonated by hidden confederate volunteers and sank in 12 minutes. There were no casualties. A ‘City’ class ship, she was named after the city Cairo, Illinois.
Indian soldiers examine remains of a burned out Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 in North Africa, December 12th, 1940.
US Navy aerial photograph of Pearl Harbor Navy Yard taken two years after the Japanese attack, 12 Dec 1943. Of special note is the USS Lexington (CV-16) in the new Drydock No. 4 at the very top of the photo. The Lexington was originally scheduled to be named the USS Cabot, but after the ‘Lady Lex’ CV2 was lost at the Battle of the Coral Sea, shipyard workers successfully campaigned to have have the name changed.
On 29 October 1989, with the Lexington in an active role as a training ship, a student naval aviator lost control of his T-2 training aircraft after an aborted attempt to land on the Lexy’s flight deck. The aircraft hit the island with its left wing, killing four crew members (including the pilot of the plane) and one civilian contract worker.
The ‘Blue Ghost’ (so named as the Japanese reported the Lexington as sunk so many times) is now a museum ship in Corpus Christi, Texas.