Military Minute: U.S. Navy Celebrates Its 240th Birthday

Sailors from Hampton Roads are deployed all over the world defending freedom and protecting our country. Today, we want to recognize the U.S. Navy’s 240th Birthday.  On October 13 there were commemorations aboard ships and squadrons across the Hampton Roads area highlighting the Navy’s history.

In 1775, the naval force was established through the Continental Congress. Since the American Revolution to today’s war against ISIS, the U.S. Navy has worked hard to defend our country.

During the American Revolution, the Navy helped defend the U.S. against the largest power in the world at that time. America’s Navy was later attacked at Pearl Harbor to start the United States’ involvement in World War II, and it was the Navy and Marine Corps who finished the war in the Pacific. In 2011, U.S. Navy SEALS from Hampton Roads led the famous attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad killing the most wanted man in the world.151013-N-XJ788-044 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 13, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. Chad Johnson and Seaman Recruit Joshue Bucio, representing the youngest and the oldest Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), cut a cake in celebration of the Navy's 240th birthday. Kearsarge is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in support of maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Travis DiPerna/Released)

We want to salute all of our Sailors, civilians, families and veterans who have made and continue to make our Navy so strong. Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy!