The Navy's 237th Birthday to be Celebrated at Battleship Wisconsin

Story Number: NNS121010-07Release Date: 10/10/2012 12:41:00 PM
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From U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- U.S. Fleet Forces Command will host a ceremony commemorating the 237th birthday of the U.S. Navy Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. aboard the Battleship Wisconsin.

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces will serve as guest speaker.

This ceremony is one of many being held around the country to recognize the proud service and heritage of the U.S. Navy since its founding. The ceremony will include the ringing of nine bells to mark the celebration like similar events across the Navy. Prior to the ceremony, Gortney will conduct a short media availability beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The U.S. Navy was born in 1775, when George Washington took command of three armed schooners under Continental authority to intercept British supply ships. Congress adopted a resolution establishing the Continental Navy Oct. 13, which later became known as the U.S. Navy's official birthday.

In 1972, then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of Oct. 13 as the Navy's birthday. In contrast to Navy Day, the Navy Birthday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and Reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents.

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