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Today in Naval History
July 3
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1950 - USS Valley Forge (CV 45) and HMS Triumph participate in first carrier action of Korean War. VF 51 aircraft from Valley Forge shoot down two North Korean aircraft.
On This Day

1898

During the Spanish American War, when Rear Adm. Cerveras Spanish fleet attempts to flee from the harbor at Santiago, Cuba, but the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Squadron successfully pursues, attacks, and systematically destroys the Spanish vessels.

1942

A PBY 5A aircraft successfully fires the first airborne retro-rocket at Goldstone Lake, Calif.

1943

Submarine chaser USS (SC 1048) rescues survivors of a U-boat attack who had been sighted by a Navy blimp in the North Atlantic Ocean. The survivors are from the tanker Bloody Marsh, which was previously torpedoed July 2 and sunk by German submarine (U 66), which during its career sinks 37 Allied vessels until sunk by aircraft from USS Block Island (CVE 21) and USS Buckley 51) nearly a year later.

1944

USS Frost (DE 144) and USS Inch (DE 146) sink German submarine (U 154) off Madiera.

1950

USS Valley Forge (CV 45) and HMS Triumph participate in first carrier action of Korean War. VF 51 aircraft from Valley Forge shoot down two North Korean aircraft. The action is also the first combat test of F9F Panther and AD Skyraider.