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On this day...
April 28, 1944 - Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox dies. He was the man responsible for upgrading the US Navy into a force capable of fighting in both the Atlantic and the Pacific.
April 29, 1961 - The Lead ship of the Kitty Hawk class of supercarriers, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), is commissioned at Puget Sound Shipyard. She is the final oil-fired Aircraft carrier to serve in the US Navy.
April 30, 2005 - USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) conducts its second significant drug interdiction operation in the first month of its deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command area of responsibility, disrupting the smuggling of 4.6 metric tons of narcotics from the fishing vessel Salomon.
May 1, 2011 - President Barack Obama announces Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Ladens compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed America's most wanted terrorist during Operation Neptune Spear.
May 2, 1945 - Hospital Apprentice Robert E. Bush administers aid to a wounded Marine officer and fires back at the Japanese at the same time, earning the Medal of Honor.
May 3, 1980 - The Tarawa class Amphibious Assault Ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is commissioned in Pascagoula, Miss. She is the final Tarawa-class built and the first to be named in honor of the battles fought in the Palau Islands.
May 4, 1961 - Cmdr. Malcolm D. Ross, pilot, and medical observer Lt. Cmdr. Victor A. Prather, Jr, ascend in two hours to more than 110,000 feet in Strato-Lab 5, setting altitude record for manned open gondola.
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