Happy Birthday US Navy. 234 Years of Loyal Service

United States Navy Blue Angels

United States Navy Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy celebrates its 234th birthday today, as approximately 46,000 Navy personnel are deployed in support of current operations around the world.

The U.S. Navy recognizes Oct. 13, 1775, as the official date of its establishment. This was due to the passage of a resolution in the Continental Congress determining the requirement of a ship to be requisitioned, “at all possible dispatch … for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies and for such other purposes as the Congress shall direct.”

The Congress appointed a committee and requested more ships be dispatched for the same purpose. Benedict Arnold ordered the construction of 12 ships with the plan to slow down the British fleet invading Lake Champlain.

The small fleet accomplished what it was meant to do, but was summarily wiped out or captured by the British Navy during the two-day “Battle of Valcour Island.” Thus, the newly formed Navy was able to slow the advance of the British Army as well.

This was the meager beginning that led to the formation of the largest and most technologically advanced Navy in the world.

Since the U.S. Navy’s beginning in 1775, it has played a major role in every conflict that has defined the United States as a nation, while becoming the dominant naval power in the world. Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy!  source

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  2. Bob, I was a Navy Wife for 22 years. My brother is a retired Sailor, too. I’ve seen those Angels more times than I’m going to count right now…every other year they fly over my house for the NAS Jax airshow…but I am still awed right to my toes, every time I see them. The P-3 is my favorite aircraft, but the Angels are frikkin’ amazing.

    Thanks for letting me double-dip. Carry on!

  3. I love those guys. We had a place for one year just south of the Redding airport and it was a Blue Angel year. We were directly in the flight path and it was a spectacular 4 days. Needless to say, I didn’t work that week. 🙂

  4. Chocolate. Lambs. Blue Angels. Just a few of my favorite things….

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