Navy Celebrates 236th Birthday


Story Number: NNS111013-23Release Date: 10/13/2011 6:30:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) David Danals, Defense Media Activity Public Affairs

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.

For more news, visit www.navy.mil

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, center, shares a laugh with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert after singing
111013-N-QF368-102 WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 13, 2011) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, center, shares a laugh with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert after singing "Anchors Aweigh" during the Navy's 236th birthday celebration at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Danals/Released)
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