Fw: Navy Birthday (UNCLASSIFIED)
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Navy Birthday 13 October!
PS MGEN Wade is a Navy Leaguer affiliated with the Sacramento Council.
----- Original Message -----
From: Wade, William H M G NGCA
To: Phelps Hobart
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 5:35 PM
Subject: Navy Birthday (UNCLASSIFIED)
We all know that the United States Navy traces its origins to the
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
work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the
course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum
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
it is important every once in awhile to look back and remember the
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
The Adjutant General
(916) 854-3500, DSN 466-3500