UPDATED 10:55 AM PT – Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The U.S. Navy is celebrating its 246th birthday. After being founded in 1775, October 13 was officially designated as the branch’s birthday.
This year’s theme is “resilient and ready,” which officials say represents the history of the Navy and its ability to shake off disaster. This includes, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic.
The day is meant to show appreciation and encourage pride in the naval service. The navy’s secretary delivered a message, thanking all sailors and their families for their service.
“The future of our Navy and our nation is in your hands,” stated Carlos del Toro, U.S. Navy Secretary . “Thank you for your service, and may God bless you and your families as we begin out 246th year. Happy birthday shipmates.”
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) October 13, 2021
Navy officials estimate there will be more than 346,000 service members enlisted in the force by the end of next year. Additionally, we here at One America News would also like to wish the U.S. Navy a very happy birthday!