BILOXI, Miss. (NNS) -- Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Keesler students, instructors and staff participated in a birthday celebration commemorating the U.S. Navy's 242nd birthday, Oct. 13, onboard Keesler Air Force Base.
During the ceremony, CNATTU Keesler instructor Electronics Technician 1st Class Alex Soetaert talked about key battles and dates in U.S. Navy history, during a speech he gave to the nearly 200 Navy and Marine Corps personnel in attendance.
"It's vitally important to me that we honor our heritage," said Soetaert. "The Navy's birthday is a great way to show our junior Sailors that they've become a part of centuries of storied tradition."
The Continental Congress of the United States authorized the purchase of two merchant vessels, Oct. 13, 1775, which created the beginnings of the Continental Navy. In 1972, then Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt authorized Oct. 13 as the official birthday of the U.S. Navy.
CNATTU Keesler's oldest Sailor, Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Alex Hester, and youngest Sailor, Airman Recruit Destiny Burge, cut the ceremonial birthday cake and served pieces to attending Sailors and Marines.
CNATTU Keesler trains service members in the electronic calibration of afloat and aviation equipment, meteorological and oceanographic observing and forecasting, and the maintenance and repair of meteorological equipment.
CNATTU Keesler is a training unit of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. CNATT develops, delivers, and supports aviation technical training at 27 sites located throughout the continental United States and Japan.
CNATT is is the largest training center under Naval Education and Training Command, and is a technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost.
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