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NEWS | July 6, 2011

This Week in Navy History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

July 3, 1950 - USS Valley Forge and HMS Triumph participated in the first aircraft carrier action of the Korean Conflict. VF-51 aircraft from the Valley Forge shot down two North Korean aircraft. The action is the first combat test of the F9F Panther and AD Skyraider.

July 4, 1777 - John Paul Jones hoisted the first Stars and Stripes flag on USS Ranger at Portsmouth, N.H.

July 5, 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron arrived at Tripoli to collect reparations for seizure of American merchant ships in violation of the Treaty of 1805.

July 6, 1976 - The first women entered the United States Naval Academy.

July 7, 1916 - Thomas Edison became the head of a Naval Consulting Board which screened inventions for use by the Navy.

July 8, 1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry sailed his squadron into Tokyo Bay.

July 9, 1960 - USS Wasp departed Guantanamo Bay to support United Nations efforts to calm the newly independent Congo.