October 13 marks the Navy Birthday and pays tribute to the brave women and men who served in the past or still serve in the US Navy. This non-state holiday is celebrated by personnel, veterans and other people who are related to the Navy. Interestingly, today the main task of the fleet is the defense of the United States, but 240 years ago it was necessary to counter piracy.
On October 13, 1775, the United States Navy was created, but then it was called the Continental Navy. In those years, the Continental Congress gave permission to two imaginary ships to search for ships that supplied the British army during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) with weapons and ammunition. When the war ended, the Continental Navy was disbanded, however, it was during these years that the problem of piracy increased. Pirates interfered with the functioning of American merchant shipping, which prompted the President of the United States, George Washington, to pass legislation creating a permanent American Navy.
- the US Navy has over 300 people on active duty, and about 100 are reservists;
- On September 30, 1954, the Navy launched the first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus;
- The US Navy has the largest aircraft carrier in the world, accommodating more than 75 aircraft and 4539 people at the same time.
How to celebrate
On the occasion of the celebration, you can visit the Navy Memorial, located in the District of Columbia, in the city of Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue, and lay flowers on it. The memorial is dedicated to all who serve now and served in the past in the Navy, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard. On this day, you can walk aboard one of the decommissioned ships during a public tour. You can learn more about the history of the fleet by visiting maritime museums located in different parts of the United States.
When is Navy Birthday celebrated in 2022?
Navy Birthday is observed on October 13 each year.