Happy 244th Birthday, U.S. Navy!

Oct. 13 is the 244th birthday of the United States Navy. As the Navy grows ever more capable with new ships and technologies, we continue to rely on our Sailors, working side by side with the U.S. Marines to protect America’s people, partners and interests around the world.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has a birthday message to the Navy, stressing this year’s birthday celebration theme “No Higher Honor,” which commemorates the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest sea battle in modern history.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, who is joined by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger has the following birthday message to the fleet:

Transcript of their remarks:

CNO: THE NAVY’S WATCH TO PROTECT FREEDOM OF THE SEAS WITH HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT BEGAN 244 YEARS AGO. AS WE CELEBRATE ACROSS THE FLEET, WE RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO BE READY; TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO FORGED OUR LEGACY; AND TO HONOR OUR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES WHO STAND BESIDE US.

CMC: WE CELEBRATE WITH YOU AS SAILORS AND MARINES REMAIN READY IN EVERY FLEET AND OPERATE TOGETHER AS AN INTEGRATED NAVAL FORCE.

CNO: WITH 290 SHIPS, ABOUT A THIRD OF WHICH ARE UNDERWAY TODAY, YOUR NAVY AND MARINE CORPS ARE AMERICA’S AWAY TEAM. WE ENABLE PROSPERITY 24/7/365 – AT HOME AND ABROAD – BY ENSURING PEACE, STABILITY AND SECURITY. 

CMC: HAPPY 244TH BIRTHDAY NAVY.

CNO: SEE YOU IN THE FLEET, SHIPMATES.

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