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Lone Sailor Takes a Stand in Hawaii

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort
Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

On Friday, Oct. 13, I have the special privilege of being part of the Lone Sailor statue dedication with the National Park Service and Navy Memorial Foundation at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. There, we will reflect on our history, honor our heritage and celebrate the Navy’s legacy embodied in the Lone Sailor statue as we say happy birthday to the U.S. Navy.

Our Navy was born as the Continental Navy in 1775 even before our nation was created and before our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, which all Sailors are sworn to protect and defend.

In the early days of our Navy, in the fight for independence, John Paul Jones sailed across the Atlantic, taking the fight directly to the British. And in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked Commodore Edward Preble to lead a squadron into the Mediterranean and to the shores of Tripoli to quell pirates.

Today, namesakes of Jones and Preble – the guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Preble (DDG 88) – are homeported in Pearl Harbor, along with other great surface ships and submarines. Our ships and submarines deploy forward with United States Navy Sailors at the helm and on the deckplates.

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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 6, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) conducts a flight test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. The test resulted in three successful near-simultaneous target engagements over the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 6, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) conducts a flight test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. The test resulted in three successful near-simultaneous target engagements over the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
PEARL HARBOR (Oct. 23, 2015) The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) prepares to moor at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following an independent deployment to the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Johans Chavarro/Released)
PEARL HARBOR (Oct. 23, 2015) The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) prepares to moor at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following an independent deployment to the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Johans Chavarro/Released)
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After the Revolutionary and First Barbary wars, the U.S. Navy was reborn during the War of 1812, when Sailors and Marines arguably saved our nation and preserved liberty and democracy.

In the War of 1812 President James Madison turned to the Navy. He put our six humble frigates against the entire Royal Navy of almost 1,000 ships, including 175 ships rated at 64 or more guns. By comparison USS Constitution, a heavy frigate, rated only 44 guns.

To put that contest in a broader perspective, the Royal Navy had 40 ships alone on the North American station, home-ported out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, just north of our border. And when our nation desperately needed just the smallest bit of good news, Constitution, “Old Ironsides,” under the command of Capt. Isaac Hull, defeated HMS Guerriere, in one of our most famous single ship-vs.-ship engagements.

Bold decision-making led to victory.

Throughout our nation’s history – and in all of our conflicts – Sailors with integrity who were and are bold decision-makers have risen to the challenge in a crisis to win battles, defend freedom and preserve peace.

That is seapower in action, protecting and promoting security, stability and prosperity.

While we tend to reflect on our Navy’s origins on our birthday, we must also think of all the Sailors who have served and who continue to serve. The Lone Sailor also stands for and represents Sailors in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan – and all conflicts and actions in our nation’s history.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Oct. 10, 2017) The Lone Sailor "stands watch" at the National Park Service's Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, representing all Sailors who look out to sea. On the horizon, historic Ford Island, USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corwin M. Colbert/Released)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Oct. 10, 2017) The Lone Sailor “stands watch” at the National Park Service’s Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, representing all Sailors who look out to sea. On the horizon, historic Ford Island, USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corwin M. Colbert/Released)

Now the Lone Sailor statue will look out over Pearl Harbor, standing watch, “seeing” the USS Arizona Memorial, which represents all ships and Sailors lost Dec. 7, 1941, “listening” to the many voices and many languages of international visitors and “remembering” 75 years ago as our military fought to shape our nation and our world – bringing freedom and democracy to Europe and Japan.

Today, our Navy continues to deploy to protect and promote American interests and values around the world. We continue to stand together with our allies against those who would challenge our freedom. And we continue to live by our core values: Honor, Courage and Commitment.

Happy birthday, U.S. Navy!

Happy 242nd Birthday, U.S. Navy!

The 242nd birthday of our Navy on Oct. 13 honors the brave men and women who conduct a wide range of combat, training, humanitarian, rescue and other missions worldwide, protecting our interests, promoting our security, and helping to shape our nation’s history and culture.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer’s birthday message

To our Sailors, civilians, families and friends:

As we commemorate 242 years of the United States Navy stranding the watch, we can look back on our history as a source of pride and inspiration; we can also look forward towards the future with confidence as we shape the Navy of tomorrow.

The Navy of tomorrow, like the Navy of today, must be capable of continuous deterrence through sustained forward presence, all the while being ready to deliver combat-ready forces to win conflicts and wars around the clock and around the globe. In that spirit, this year’s birthday theme: “Sea Power to Protect and Promote” is fitting. We are resolute in our commitment to protect our Nation, win nits wars and protect our allies; and we are always forward deployed to promote our national interests and deter would-be enemies. In today’s environment, we must remain vigilant and focused on our mission, our Core Values and the concept of accountability at every level to guide us forward.

I challenge every one of you to join me in shaping a Navy of tomorrow that is worthy of the legacy we celebrate today. My wife Polly and I are forever grateful for all that you, your families, and your loved ones do for our nation. Happy birthday, shipmates. God bless you and God bless the United States Navy.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson’s birthday message

Team,

Today, we pause to reflect on our U.S. Navy’s 242 years of dedication and service. Tracing our origins back to the Continental Navy in 1775, the U.S. Navy has stood the watch in every corner of the globe, protecting America from attack and promoting our interests around the world.

The security environment today is fast-paced, complex, and increasingly competitive – the perfect conditions for our naval forces to succeed! The men and women of the U.S. Navy have our best days when we draw inspiration from the Sailors that have gone before. Our history is rich with heroes that fought at Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal 75 years ago. Today, we strive to operate and fight with the same integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness, as they demonstrated.

Dana and I are privileged to be a part of such an amazing team of Sailors, civilians and families. Thanks to each and every one of you for your commitment to our Navy and our nation.

Happy birthday, shipmates!

Happy 242nd Birthday, U.S. Navy!

The 242nd birthday of our Navy on Oct. 13 honors the brave men and women who conduct a wide range of combat, training, humanitarian, rescue and other missions worldwide, protecting our interests, promoting our security, and helping to shape our nation’s history and culture.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer’s birthday message

To our Sailors, civilians, families and friends:

As we commemorate 242 years of the United States Navy stranding the watch, we can look back on our history as a source of pride and inspiration; we can also look forward towards the future with confidence as we shape the Navy of tomorrow.

The Navy of tomorrow, like the Navy of today, must be capable of continuous deterrence through sustained forward presence, all the while being ready to deliver combat-ready forces to win conflicts and wars around the clock and around the globe. In that spirit, this year’s birthday theme: “Sea Power to Protect and Promote” is fitting. We are resolute in our commitment to protect our Nation, win nits wars and protect our allies; and we are always forward deployed to promote our national interests and deter would-be enemies. In today’s environment, we must remain vigilant and focused on our mission, our Core Values and the concept of accountability at every level to guide us forward.

I challenge every one of you to join me in shaping a Navy of tomorrow that is worthy of the legacy we celebrate today. My wife Polly and I are forever grateful for all that you, your families, and your loved ones do for our nation. Happy birthday, shipmates. God bless you and God bless the United States Navy.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson’s birthday message

Team,

Today, we pause to reflect on our U.S. Navy’s 242 years of dedication and service. Tracing our origins back to the Continental Navy in 1775, the U.S. Navy has stood the watch in every corner of the globe, protecting America from attack and promoting our interests around the world.

The security environment today is fast-paced, complex, and increasingly competitive – the perfect conditions for our naval forces to succeed! The men and women of the U.S. Navy have our best days when we draw inspiration from the Sailors that have gone before. Our history is rich with heroes that fought at Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal 75 years ago. Today, we strive to operate and fight with the same integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness, as they demonstrated.

Dana and I are privileged to be a part of such an amazing team of Sailors, civilians and families. Thanks to each and every one of you for your commitment to our Navy and our nation.

Happy birthday, shipmates!