NEWS | Dec. 7, 2010

This week in Navy history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Dec. 5, 1941 - USS Lexington (CV-2) sailed with Task Force 12 to ferry Marine aircraft to Midway Island, leaving no aircraft carriers at Pearl Harbor.

Dec. 6, 1968 - Operation Giant Slingshot began in the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam.

Dec. 7, 1941 - Japanese carrier aircraft attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Dec. 8, 1941 - The United States declared war on Japan.

Dec. 9, 1952 - Strike by aircraft from Task Force 77 destroyed a munitions factory and rail facilities near Rashin, North Korea.

Dec. 10, 1941 - Aircraft from USS Enterprise attacked and sank Japanese Submarine I-70 north of the Hawaiian Islands. A participant in the Pearl Harbor Attack, I-70 was the first Japanese combatant ship sunk during World War II.

Dec. 11, 1954 - The first supercarrier weighing more than 59,630 tons, USS Forrestal (CVA-59), was launched at Newport News, VA.