ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy personnel attended a birthday celebration honoring the Navy's 236th year of establishment at the Pentagon, Oct. 13.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert were also in attendance.
"We'll continue shaping events overseas and at home like we have for 236 years," said Greenert. "It is our heritage, it's in our DNA. Happy birthday."
The Navy was established by the Continental Congress after votes were made to fit out two sailing vessels with the intent to send them out on a cruise of three months to intercept transport vessels carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America.
"We have challenges, but we have people who can meet those challenges," said Mabus. "The people that you [the Sailors] represent, the people who are today standing the watch, [are here] so that the rest of this country can sleep well every single night; so Navy, happy 236th birthday."
Following the formal ceremony, a cake-cutting was held which included Mabus, Greenert, and the youngest Sailor from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operation's Staff.
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