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  • Phelps Hobart
    Please pass the word. Navy Birthday 13 October! Phelps PS MGEN Wade is a Navy Leaguer affiliated with the Sacramento Council. ... From: Wade, William H M G
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      Please pass the word.

      Navy Birthday 13 October!

      Phelps
      PS MGEN Wade is a Navy Leaguer affiliated with the Sacramento Council.

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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Wade, William H M G NGCA
      To: Phelps Hobart
      Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 5:35 PM
      Subject: Navy Birthday (UNCLASSIFIED)


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      Hey Sailors:

      We all know that the United States Navy traces its origins to the
      Continental
      Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775 by
      authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed
      vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in
      America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise
      the
      work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the
      course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum
      strength.

      Your rich history shows that after the American War for Independence,
      Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the
      sailors and officers. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in
      1789, empowered Congress "to provide and maintain a navy." Acting on this
      authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in
      1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs from that year until
      Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798. In 1972,
      Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of
      13 October as the Navy's birthday.

      With the last two hundred and thirty-three years of naval history behind us,
      we can only wonder what the next century will bring. As the United States
      Navy continues to transform itself in the face of changing conflicts and
      enemies, it is simultaneously expanding its size and quality with new
      advancements in technology. Yet even with the present changes looming
      large,
      it is important every once in awhile to look back and remember the
      beginning.
      It has been a long road from the first man-of-war to nuclear submarines
      providing accurate firepower from the sea, but today's Navy has adapted into
      the most potent "nautical division" in the world.

      Happy birthday and congratulations on maintaining your world-class navy.

      "Non sibi sed patriae"


      William H. Wade II
      Major General
      The Adjutant General
      (916) 854-3500, DSN 466-3500
      FAX X3671
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