On 13 October, the United States Navy celebrated its 241st birthday with ceremonies around the world.
Clebrations included the official Birthday Ball in the nation’s capital hosted by the Navy League of the United States and a birthday message from Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson.
Not to be confused with the other annual US Navy celebration, Navy Day, the Navy Birthday, is an internal Navy event date intended to enhance a greater appreciation of the Navy’s heritage and provide pride and professionalism in the Naval service.
In 1972, then Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R Zumwalt authorised recognition of 13 October as the Navy’s official birthday as an internal activity for members of the active forces, reserves, retirees, and dependents. The United States Navy was established as the Continental Navy on 13 October 1775 when the Continental Congress authorised two armed vessels to interdict ships supplying the British Army in America. By the end of the US War for Independence, the Continental Navy fleet had included fifty ships over the course of the war with a maximum of twenty ships.