October 13, 2021

Today, October 13, 2021, marks the 246th birthday of the U.S. Navy!

At the website, Naval History and Heritage Command, they write:

13 October 2021 will mark the Navy’s 246th Birthday. The central theme of this year’s 246th Navy Birthday and Heritage week is “Resilient and Ready”, which speaks to the Navy’s history of being able to shake off disaster, such as the loss of a ship or a global pandemic, and still maintain force lethality and preparedness.  It allows the messaging to showcase readiness, capabilities, capacity, and of course the Sailor—all while celebrating our glorious victories at sea and honoring our shipmates who stand and have stood the watch.

A 13 October 1775 resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the United States Navy with “a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months….”  After the American War of Independence, the U.S. Constitution empowered the new Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.”  Acting on this authority, Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.

In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized official recognition of 13 October as the birthday of the U.S. Navy.  Since then, each CNO has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion “to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.””

You can read more from Naval History and Heritage Command, here:  Naval History and Heritage Command

The Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer salutes the men and women of the U.S. Navy, past, present and future!


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