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U.S. Navy Birthday

October 13, 2024, marks the 249th birthday of the United States Navy.

“A 13 October 1775 resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the United States Navy with ‘a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible dispatch, for a cruise of three months….’ After the American War of Independence, the U.S. Constitution empowered the new Congress ‘to provide and maintain a navy.’ Acting on this authority, Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.”

Source: National History and Heritage Command

Learn more:
All Hands Magazine of the U.S. Navy: Birth of the Navy