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Today in Naval History
November 30
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1912 - Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, the first U.S. Navy officer to qualify as an airplane pilot, tests the Navy's first C-1 flying boat at Hammondsport, N.Y.
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1881

The whaler Rodgers is destroyed by a fire at St. Lawrence Bay on the Siberian coast. . Before the fire, Rodgers had charted Wrangel Island, proving conclusively that it was not part of the Asian continent.

1912

Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, the first U.S. Navy officer to qualify as an airplane pilot, tests the Navys first C-1 flying boat at Hammondsport, N.Y.

1942

USS Northampton (CA 26) is sunk and USS Pensacola (CA 24), USS New Orleans (CA 32), and USS Minneapolis (CA 36) are badly damaged by a Japanese torpedo counter-attack during the Battle of Tassafaronga at Guadalcanal.

1943

PBY aircraft sink the Palau-bound Japanese cargo ship Himalaya Maru south of New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago.

1993

President William J. Clinton signs legislation that lifts the ban on women serving aboard combat ships.