U.S. Navy Birthday

October 13, 2023 marks the 248th 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 despatch, 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.”