Thursday, April 30, 2015

30 April 1945 A.D. VIRGINIA CAPES, VA: U-Boat (U-548) Sunk by USS THOMAS (DE-102), USS BOSTWICK (DE-103), USS COFFMAN (DE-191) and USS NATCHEZ (PF-2)



30 April 1945 A.D. VIRGINIA CAPES, VA: U-Boat (U-548) Sunk by USS THOMAS (DE-102), USS BOSTWICK (DE-103), USS COFFMAN (DE-191) and USS NATCHEZ (PF-2)


1798 - Congress establishes the Department of the Navy as a separate cabinet department. Previously, naval matters were under the cognizance of the War Department. Benjamin Stoddert is named as the first Secretary of the Navy.

1822 - USS Alligator, commanded by Lt. W.W. McKean, captures the Colombian pirate schooner Ciehqua near the Windward Islands.

1945 - USS Thomas (DE 102), USS Bostwick (DE 103), USS Coffman (DE 191) and frigate Natchez (PF 2) sink German submarine U 548 off the Virginia Capes.

1945 - Navy patrol bombers PB4Y (VPB 103) and a PBY-5A Catalina aircraft flown by Lt. Fredrick G. Lake from VP 63 sink two German submarines off the coast of Brest, France.

2005 - USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) conducts its second significant drug interdiction operation in the first month of its deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command area of responsibility, disrupting the smuggling of 4.6 metric tons of narcotics from the fishing vessel Salomon.

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