US Navy Birthday, October 13, 1775

 In History, Military

The US Navy birthday, established on October 13, 1775 means that today is their 244th birthday.

The Continental Congress established the US Navy- which only had two ships meant to intercept transport ships. Congress at the time was somewhat oblivious to the need for naval power. They soon realized that only two ships wouldn’t cut it.

History.com wrote,

“Since the outbreak of open hostilities with the British in April, little consideration had been given to protection by sea until Congress received news that a British naval fleet was on its way. In November, the Continental Navy was formally organized, and on December 22, Esek Hopkins was appointed the first commander in chief of the Continental Navy. Congress also named four captains to the new service: Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham Whipple, Nicholas Biddle and John Burrows Hopkins. Their respective vessels, the 24-gun frigates Alfred and Columbus, the 14-gun brigs Andrew Doria and Cabot, as well as three schooners, the Hornet, the Wasp and the Fly, became the first ships of the Navy’s fleet. Five first lieutenants, including future American hero John Paul Jones, five second lieutenants and three third lieutenants also received their commissions.”

Congress has always been a little slow on the uptake for national security.

The United States Navy emerged from World War II as the most powerful navy in the world. The 21st century U.S. Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in strength in such areas as the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean.” The Navy also has the 2nd largest number of aircraft after the USAF.

US Navy birthday

This Navy Memorial on the shore at Long Beach, California is called the “Lone Sailor.” A reminder celebration for the memorial and the Navy birthday was held there on Saturday, Oct 12. It has stood for 15 years.

Featured photo: USS Missouri firing 16″ guns at Chongiin, Korea, in October 1950. Navy photo.

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