About Navy Birthday
The US Navy was founded on October 13th 1775. Then it was known as the Continental Navy and consisted of a small fleet of ships patrolling to intercept ships sent to resupply British Army troops at or near the colonies.
Today, it describes itself as the "largest, most advanced, and most lethal fighting force the world has ever known."
In 1972, 199 years after its founding, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt designated October 13th as the Navy's official birthday.
He ordered the day to be celebrated to "enhance [the] appreciation of our Navy heritage" and encourage "pride and professionalism in the Naval Service."
The U.S. Navy birthday should not be confused with Navy Day, which was created in 1922 to recognize the service of all Navy members. Navy Day is held on October 27th. That date was chosen, so the story goes, in honor of President Teddy Roosevelt whose birthday is also on the 27th.
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