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Remembering Ferdinand Magellan, Explorer

Ferdinand Magellan
4 February 1480 – 27 April 1521

In search of fame and fortune, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480-1521) set out from Spain in 1519 with a fleet of five ships to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands. En route he discovered what is now known as the Strait of Magellan and became the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean. The voyage was long and dangerous, and only one ship returned home three years later. Although it was laden with valuable spices from the East, only 18 of the fleet’s original crew of 270 returned with the ship. Magellan himself was killed in battle on the voyage, but his ambitious expedition proved that the globe could be circled by sea and that the world was much larger than had previously been imagined.

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First Kill

Tipped off by Commander Joe Rochefort using Radio Intelligence from Station HYPO, USS Gudgeon (SS 211) became the first U.S. submarine of World War II to sink an enemy warship.

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Remembering CT3 Thomas Thornton, KIA, USS Liberty

CT3 Thomas Ray Thornton
February 1, 1944 – June 8, 1967

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Pentagon Distances Itself from Minihan Memo Suggesting Possible War with China in 2025

Jan. 29, 2023 | By Chris Gordon

Comments by Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan, the head of Air Mobility Command, about a potential war with China in the next few years have generated international headlines and led the Department of Defense to formally distance itself from the remarks.

Minihan, who is known for his energetic, passionate style, prepared a memo saying that Airmen under his command at AMC should prepare to be at war with China within two years.

“I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me we will fight in 2025.” Minihan wrote in the memo, which circulated on social media and was confirmed as authentic by Air & Space Forces Magazine.

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NSGA Sabana Seca Puerto Rico Closed, January 31, 2003

In January, 1952, the U.S. Naval Radio Station, Sabana Seca was officially designated, with LCDR W. L. Thomas, as the Officer-in-Charge. Also in January, 1952, a U.S. Naval Security Group Detachment was established, co-located with the Naval Radio Station (NAVRADSTA) at Sabana Seca. Later in 1952, the NAVRADSTA was recommissioned as Net Control Station (NCS) Puerto Rico, Sabana Seca, PR, and the NSG Det became the NSG Dept, NCS Puerto  Rico, Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico.

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Remembering CT3 Duane Marggraf, USN, KIA USS Liberty

CT3 Duane Marggraf
January 27, 1945 – June 8, 1967

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