October 13 marks the Navy Birthday, a non-state holiday that pays tribute to the brave women and men who have served in the US Navy, both past and present. This day is celebrated by personnel, veterans, and other people related to the Navy. The main task of the modern Navy is the defense of the United States, but 240 years ago when it was first established, it was formed to counter piracy.
On October 13, 1775, the United States Navy was established and named the Continental Navy. At the time, the Continental Congress granted permission for two ships to search for vessels supplying the British army during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). When the war ended, the Continental Navy was disbanded, but the problem of piracy had increased. To address this, President George Washington passed legislation creating a permanent American Navy.
- The US Navy has over 300 thousand active duty personnel and approximately 100 thousand reservists.
- On September 30, 1954, the Navy launched the first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus.
- The US Navy has the world’s largest aircraft carrier, which can accommodate more than 75 aircraft and 4539 people.
How to take part
On the occasion of the celebration, people can visit the Navy Memorial located in the District of Columbia in Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue and lay flowers on it. This memorial is dedicated to all who have or currently serve in the Navy, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard. Additionally, public tours of decommissioned ships are available on this day, and maritime museums across the United States provide a space to learn more about the history of the Navy.
When is Navy Birthday celebrated in 2023?
Navy Birthday is observed on October 13 each year.