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Today in Naval History
September 22
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1861 - Commodore William W. McKean assumes command of the Gulf Blockading Squadron.
On This Day

1861

Commodore William W. McKean assumes command of the Gulf Blockading Squadron.

1863

During the Civil War, USS De Soto, commanded by Capt. W. M. Walker, recaptures the Army tug Leviathan in the Gulf of Mexico, some 40 miles off shore. She had been captured by the Confederates earlier in the day.

1944

USS Yukon (AF 9) is hit in her starboard side by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-979, about 43 miles west of Reykjavik, Iceland. Damaged, she steams at three knots until her SOS is responded to by tugs from Reykjavik.

1952

During the Korean War, enemy guns fire on Sosari. HMS Cardigan Bay (PF) and USS Bradford (DD 545) provide direct counter battery fire, silencing the guns.

1959

USS Patrick Henry (SSBN 599) is launched. In 1982, her ballistic missile tubes are disabled, and she is reclassified as an attack submarine.

1979

USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168) is christened and launched at Marinette marine Corp, Marinette, Wisc. The fleet ocean tug, provides towing, diving and standby submarine rescue services to the Navys numbered fleet commanders.

1989

After Hurricane Hugo, Sailors and Marines provide assistance to Charleston, S.C. through Oct. 10.

1990

USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) is christened and launched at the Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Chester, Penn. The Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler provides underway replenishment of fuel, fleet cargo and stores to the Navy through the Military Sealift Command.

2012

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is commissioned in Galveston, Texas. The littoral combat ship is the first US Navy warship to be named after the fifth largest city in Texas.