CNAL Celebrates Navy Birthday, Reflects on History

Story Number: NNS161014-02Release Date: 10/14/2016 7:47:00 AM
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By Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Lindahl, CNAL Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors and civilians assigned to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) gathered at the command headquarters in Norfolk, Oct. 13, to celebrate the Navy's 241st Birthday.

On Oct. 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established the Continental Navy as a means of defense in what would ultimately become our nation's battle for independence. Every year the Navy celebrates their traditions and heritage, and every year they remind each other where they come from.

This year, CNAL Commander Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey presided over the ceremony and Force Master Chief William "Bill" Smalts served as the guest speaker. Smalts focused on embracing the history of the Navy and invoked images of boatswain's mates heaving lines as they prepared for war, Sailor's rigging sails, and the ultimate sacrifice that was paid during all the U.S. wars.

"It is very important that we take the time to pause and appreciate the sacrifice and dedication that those before us have contributed," Smalts said.

Smalts was not the only one to focus on history for this year's birthday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson spoke to much of the same history and appreciation of the past.

"Study history, study the eras of our past, look over our 241 years of honor, courage and commitment," Richardson said in a video on Navy Live. "Get inspiration from their examples. They will provide the wind that will fill your sails and carry you forward."

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