Naval Battles: 1900s-Today
World War II: HMS Venturer Sinks U-864
On February 9, 1945, HMS Venturer and U-864 engaged in the only known battle where one submerged submarine sank another. Sailing off the coast of Norway, Venturer had been sent to intercept U-864 which was carrying mercury and Me-262 aircraft parts to Japan. After a three hour chase, Venturer fired four torpedoes, one of which hit and sank U-864.
Circling the Globe: The Voyage of the Great White Fleet
The Great White Fleet departed Virginia in December 1907, and circumnavigated globe. Conducting a good will tour, the Great White Fleet's voyage lasted fourteen months as the ships visited ports such as Australia, Japan, and Egypt. The Great White Fleet also served to demonstrate the United State's growing naval strength.
World War I: Battle of Coronel
The Battle of Coronel was an early naval battle during World War I. Clashing off Coronel, Chile, the German East Asiatic Squadron soundly defeated a British fleet sent to stop them from reaching the Atlantic. The Battle of Coronel was the first major British defeat at sea since 1814.
World War II: Battle of Midway - Turning Point in the Pacific
The Battle of Midway in early June 1942, marked the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. Fighting to the west of Midway, the US Navy attacked and sunk four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own.
Cold War: USS Pueblo Incident
The Pueblo Incident took place on January 23, 1968, and saw North Korean forces board an American intelligence ship. Operating off the North Korean coast, USS Pueblo was boarded and captured by the North Koreans who claimed it was in their waters. The Pueblo Incident lasted until December 23, when the crew was repatriated to South Korea.