Events occurring on Monday, December 30, 1940  
  The Attack on Pearl Harbor  
  Vice admiral Claude C. Bloch, as Commander of the 14 Naval District headquartered at the Pearl Harbor, wrote a letter to the Navy Department concerning the inadequacy of the defenses at Pearl Harbor. In the letter he complained of inadequate local defense forces and pointed out that he had no planes for distant reconnaissance and that for such reconnaissance requisition would have to be made on the forces afloat. This letter was forwarded with a strong endorsement by Admiral James O. Richardson, the Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet.  
  The heavy cruiser USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) arrived at Lisbon, Portugal, and disembarked William D. Leahy (USN, Retired) and Mrs. Leahy, who would then proceed to Vichy France via Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, and Montpellier, France.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The escort destroyer HMS Meynell (L 82) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander William H. Farrington.  
  December 1940 Calendar  
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