NEWS | Sept. 6, 2011

This week in Naval History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Sept. 4, 1941 - The German submarine, U-652, attacked USS Greer, which was tracking the submarine southeast of Iceland. Greer was not damaged, but dropped depth charges, damaging U-652.

Sept. 5, 1939 - President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the Navy to form a Neutrality Patrol to report the presence of foreign warships within 300 miles of the eastern United States.

Sept. 6, 1945 - U.S. troops begin returning to home when Task Force 11 left Tokyo Bay for the U.S.

Sept. 7, 1776 - David Bushnell attempted to destroy a British Ship of the Line, HMS Asia, in New York harbor with his submarine Turtle.

Sept. 8, 1958 - Lt. R. H. Tabor, wearing a Navy developed pressure suit, completed a 72-hour simulated flight at altitudes as high a 139,000 feet. It was another step in the development of the Navy spacesuit, which NASA accepted in 1959 for use by Mercury astronauts.

Sept. 9, 1945 - A "computer bug" was first identified and named by Lt. Grace Murray Hopper while she was on Navy active duty in 1945. It was found in the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator at Harvard University. The operators affixed the moth to the computer log, where it still resides, with the entry: "First actual case of bug being found." They "debugged" the computer, the first time the term had been used.

Sept. 10, 1813 - In the Battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, flying his "Don't give up the ship" flag, defeated a British squadron and said: "We have met the enemy and they are ours..."