Chief of Naval Operations Sends Birthday Message to Fleet

Story Number: NNS081001-20Release Date: 10/6/2008 1:30:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) sent a video message to the fleet in honor of the Navy's birthday.

"This year our Navy celebrates our 233rd birthday. Two hundred and thirty-three years of great service to our nation. As we observe this day, I thank all of our Sailors and civilians for their service, and I thank our Navy families for all of their support," Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, said.

Since the Navy's inception in 1775, CNO said the values that the Navy holds were built upon by the capability and versatility of Sailors. The Navy today is conducting the maritime strategy, operates across the full spectrum of warfare and is known as much for its compassion as for its capability.

"We return peace and stability after conflict, and in the wake of devastating disasters, our Navy team brings food, shelter and medical care for those in need. Sailors, civilians and our families who support us are making the world a better place," Roughead said.

CNO emphasized his pride in the selfless commitment of the Navy team that is continuing the legacy of those who have gone before and will serve as an inspiration for years to come.

To watch or download the CNO's birthday message, and to get other products that may help Navy command's efforts to recognize this year's birthday, go to and click on the 'Navy Birthday Celebration Resources' button.

For more news from the Chief of Naval Operations, visit

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks to Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in San Diego.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Gary Roughead, talking to the crew of USS George Washington (CVN 73). CNO sends Navy birthday message to the fleet on the occasion of the 233rd anniversary of the sea service.
August 20, 2008
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