Birthday Message from the Secretary of the Navy

13 October 2021
Video and Transcript of Navy Birthday Message

VIDEO | 02:26 | SECNAV Del Toro's 246th U.S. Navy Birthday Message

Everywhere I go as your Secretary, I am inspired by the professionalism and drive of every United States Sailor I meet.

Each of you makes enormous sacrifices, and achieves amazing things, on the surface, in the sky, and beneath the waves.

I have loved the Navy from the moment I took the oath at the US Naval Academy.

That is a love that has continued throughout my service, from the waning days of the Cold War, to my time as an XO in the Pacific, to my command of USS BULKELEY after September 11th.

At every command I had the privilege of working with some of the finest Chiefs, Officers and enlisted Sailors in the world.

They came from different parts of the country, and different parts of the world.

Men and women of every religion, orientation, and background, joined by a common love of country, and a determination to give back.

My wife Betty and I know that naval service places extreme demands on both Sailor and family.

We thank each of you, and your families, for all that you do.

You have my personal commitment as Secretary that I will do everything I can to make sure you have the equipment, platforms, and training you need to get the job done, and return home safely.

On this 246th birthday of the United States Navy, think about the chain we all help forge through our service every day.

It is a chain that extends back to the sailing ships of the Revolution, to the ever-evolving capabilities of today’s fleet.

Our Navy has always been America’s global guardian, and always will be.

Each of you writes the next chapter of our story, through the excellence, commitment, and diverse perspectives you bring to your service.

Let our history serve as your motivation, and let the examples of the past bring a sense of urgency to our mission today.

Whether you are wearing the uniform, or serving as a civilian, be worthy of the legacy of all who served and sacrificed before us.

The future of our Navy, and our Nation, is in your hands.

Thank you for your service, and may God bless you and your families as we begin our 247th year.

Happy birthday, Shipmates!


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