The United States Navy celebrated a birthday recently. How many candles were on their cake? Well, on Oct. 13, the U.S. Navy turned 239 years old!
As you might guess, there were a number of celebrations marking this important milestone. Sailors around the world and the fleet celebrated the Navy birthday on Oct. 13. There were also celebrations and ceremonies leading up to Monday's birthday.
One of these ceremonies included a wreath laying ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial Oct. 9. At that ceremony, Rear Adm. Mark K. Rich, the 88th Commandant of Naval District Washington, placed a wreath by the Lone Sailor statue in remembrance of Sailors who gave their lives for their country.
Guest speaker Vice Adm. Scott H. Swift, director, Navy Staff said, "The times may have changed. The threats may have evolved and the complex nature of 21st century life may make the demand for such a presence (i.e. World War II) less obvious. But now more than ever, the Navy is something to be aware of, something to be thankful for, something to be proud of, whether you wear the cloth of our nation in the form of a Sailors uniform or admire the service of those that do."
And times have changed - along with Naval technology. Take a look at this Navy Ghost warship if you haven't seen it yet.
Are you up to speed on the history of the Navy? Here's a nice summary of the beginnings of the Continental Navy from the website The Maritime Executive.
"The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775, by authorizing the procurement and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the American War for Independence, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength."
If you would like a nice timeline of the U.S. Navy from its roots as the Continental Navy up until its 239th birthday, we reccomend you visit Maritime-Executive.com and read their U.S. Navy Celebrates 239th Birthday article.
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