PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) celebrated the Navy's 236th birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony Oct. 13.
Capt. Tushar R. Tembe, Truman's commanding officer, highlighted Navy heritage and history and said the Navy has been a diverse global force since its inception in 1775.
The Navy began as the Continental Navy established Oct. 13, 1775.
"It's nice to take an opportunity to remember why the Navy was founded, what our sole purpose is and really recommit ourselves to that path forward," said Cmdr. Dwight Warnock, Truman's combat systems officer. "Our Navy has always been on the leading edge of technology and pushing the limits of what can be done at sea. We will continue to push the envelope. "
Truman Sailors reflected on the Navy's accomplishments.
"What I think is impressive about the Navy is how much we've done and the diversity of the operations we've done," said Cmdr. Joseph Martin, Truman's senior medical officer. "We are going to see a lot more humanitarian operations and more joint operations with other countries."
In 1972, then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized the recognition of Oct. 13 as the Navy's birthday.
Truman is undergoing a docked planned incremental availability to conduct maintenance and refurbish shipboard systems. Truman is expected to return to the fleet in the summer of 2012.
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