NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines from USS Nassau (LHA 4) held a cake-cutting ceremony in celebration of both the Navy and Marine Corps' Birthday Nov. 9.
The first pieces of cake were presented to the youngest Sailor and Marine aboard Nassau. Seaman Recruit Diane L. White, who was born May 31, 1988, and Chief Warrant Officer Joseph C. Lindsey, who was born Aug. 16, 1971, symbolically represented the naval services' future.
The second pieces of cake were presented to the oldest Sailor and Marine aboard Nassau: Capt. Michael T. Lewis, who was born Jan. 23, 1956, and Ship's Serviceman 1st Class James D. Amos, who was born June 12, 1960.
"This celebration was a good time for both services to reflect on the history of the Navy and Marine Corps," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class William Germer.
"The traditions of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps make the naval services what they are and set them so distinctly apart from other military organizations and services," said Air Operations Officer, Marine Corps Maj. Bruce K. Brahe. "We keep the honored traditions alive by remembering our shared history and tradition by sharing our birthday cake."
The Navy and Marine Corps date back to 1775 when the Continental Congress authorized the procurement and fitting out of two armed vessels and the raising of two battalions of Marines. From Tunn Tavern and the Philadelphia wharves, the organization progressed such that by 1776, the Continental Navy and Marine Corps were ready for their first expedition. Sailing for New Providence Island - better known as Nassau - the Navy and Marines captured the British fort and garrison, securing powder and arms for General George Washington's Continental Army. Nassau is named in commemoration of that historic event and is a reminder of the services' shared history and birth.
"To all who have earned the title Marine, to the superb Sailors who serve with us in every clime and place, and to our precious families, I wish each one of you a heartfelt happy 231st birthday," said Marine Corps Gen. Michael W. Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps.
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