U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (NNS) -- "There's an old adage that says 'Those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it,'" said Chief Hospital Corpsman Alexis Alvarado. "It's not restricted to literally repeating it in the historical context but seeing what ways have worked using our diplomacy or military as a means to deter a war."
Oct. 13 marks the 240th birthday of the U.S. Navy, originally established as a fledgling trio of sailing ships now grown in to the world's most powerful navy.
Many members of Congress opposed the formation of the Continental Navy. The southern delegates, particularly, called the idea radical and didn't see how it would benefit southern ports. The state of Rhode Island and John Adams were the most ardent supporters of establishing a navy with the aspiration of protecting coastline communities and interrupting British advances.
"This surprises me, knowing that the Navy is the back bone of our nation," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Randy Limerick. "The projection of power helps to protect ourselves and our allies."
While Congress was debating, General George Washington sent a report that he enlisted three ships to intercept British ships. The debate dissolved on October 13, 1775. The United States now owned a very small fleet, whether or not to arm them for battle was simple.
"It was essential to winning the Revolutionary War," said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Gino Antonio Garcia. "America would not have won without an intrepid naval force. It also boosted morale among the ground forces."
The goal was never to defeat the British on the sea, but to interrupt their operations and cut off their supply lines. The impact of the new Continental Navy in the war was minimal, but its historic influence was significant.
"It was aptly timed," said Alvarado. "[The colonies] wanted the British to not get their armaments and stop them from conducting their missions against us. We just finished four or five months in the [Arabian] Gulf making sure that ISIS could not conduct their operations. [The crew aboard Theodore Roosevelt] should be taking [the birthday] to heart because we are doing the same thing we did 240 years ago."
According to the Navy's official website, navy.mil, the mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.
"I think [the slogan, ready then, ready now, ready always] does a good job to convey our overall mission and message," said Garcia. "We are a diverse branch of the military, we are a sea power, and we have Marines and Seals. We really were ready then, we're ready now and ready always. I think it is perfect."
The Navy's priorities are forward presence, to enhance combat capabilities, and strengthening international relations, to protect our international interests.
Theodore Roosevelt is the flagship of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), which is composed of Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG 90) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).
Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.
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