NEWS | Feb. 8, 2011

This week in Navy history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Feb. 6, 1973 - In accordance with the agreement at the Paris Peace Talks, Navy Task Force 78 began Operation End Sweep, clearing mines from North Vietnamese waters that were laid in 1972.

Feb. 7, 1800 - USS Essex became the first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the Equator.

Feb. 8, 1890 - USS Omaha Sailors and Marines assist Hodogary, Japan in subduing large fire.

Feb. 9, 1799 - USS Constellation, commanded by Capt. Thomas Truxtun, captured French ship l'Insurgente.

Feb. 10, 1862 - Union gunboats destroyed Confederate ships at Elizabeth City, N.C.

Feb. 11, 1971 - The U.S. and USSR signed a treaty prohibiting the deployment of nuclear weapons on the ocean floor.

Feb. 12, 1945 - USS Batfish sank a second Japanese submarine within three days.