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Today in Naval History
January 29
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1944 - The battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) is christened. Built at the New York Navy Yard, her keel was laid on Jan. 6, 1941.
On This Day

1862

The storeship USS Supply captures schooner Stephen Hart loaded with a cargo of arms and munitions, south of Sarasota, Fla.

1942

USS Quail (AM 15) bombards Japanese troop concentrations at Longoskawayan Point, Luzon.

1943

The Battle of Rennell Island begins when Japanese shore-based aircraft attack Task Force 18 cruisers and destroyers covering the movement of transports toward Guadalcanal. USS Chicago (CA 29) is damaged and sinks the next day.

1944

The battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) is christened. Built at the New York Navy Yard, her keel was laid on Jan. 6, 1941. After her christening and launching Jan. 29, she is completed rapidly, commissioning on June 11 of the same year, the last battleship to enter active service in the U.S. Navy.

1945

While loading a cargo of depth charges in Lunga Roads, off Guadalcanal, USS Serpens (AK-97) is destroyed by a massive explosion. All but two of the 198 Coast Guard crewmen, plus 57 Army stevedores are killed.

2010

U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. Tenth Fleet were reestablished and established, respectively, at Fort Meade, MD.

2017

Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois, died Jan. 29 in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaida.