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Friday, October 13, 2006

Happy 231st!

Michelle Malkin reminds us that today is the 231st birthday of the United States Navy, the greatest navy ever to sail the world.

Here is SecNav Donald C. Winter's birthday message:

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- America is an amazing success story. From our humble origins we have grown, prospered, and offered freedom to generations of Americans. We cherish our independence, our liberties, and our way of life, and like generations before, we unwaveringly defend these bedrocks from those who would do us harm.

Since 1775, when the Continental Congress of the United States recognized the need for naval forces, the United States Navy has been vital in protecting our national security. The heroism and courage of the Sailors that have fought our nation’s wars since the earliest days of the republic is alive today in each and every one of you; as we once again confront an enemy that openly targets our freedom and our way of life. Your willingness to serve, your steadfastness in the face of pressure, and your inspiring example of courage in confronting danger are what protect us from those who plot our destruction.

The fact that we live in an increasingly dangerous world is a sobering thought. We have faced great peril before, and we have prevailed. From those in Iraq and Afghanistan, to those deployed at sea and ashore around the world, to those at home who are responsible for recruiting, training, supplying, and providing intelligence to the warfighter, you are all engaged in a noble and worthy endeavor to preserve our way of life and keep America safe.

On this 231st Birthday of the United States Navy, take unique pride in knowing that your service and your sacrifice continue to do honor to a great nation. Your nation, fellow Americans, and our friends and allies around the world respect and appreciate your commitment.

It is my honor and privilege to be your Secretary as we celebrate this birthday. May God bless you, your families, and the United States of America.

Also, birthday messages from
-CNO Adm. Mike Mullen (Chief of Naval Operations)
-MCPON Joe R. Campa (Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy)

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Lots about Naval History: here and here.

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To the US Navy,
Thank you all for your service and your sacrifice every day. We are free because you roam the seas. God bless you in your endeavors.

Fair Winds and Following Seas!

Happy 231st Birthday, US Navy!

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Head over to America Supports You and send messages to our Navy men and women (and personnel from the other branches, while you're at it) and see what you can do to support our wonderful military!

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