Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens joined forces in a video birthday message to the fleet.
“This year on October 13th the United States Navy marks its 238th birthday,” said Mabus. “Since our beginning in 1775, our Navy has defended America with pride – a tradition that continues today. As Secretary of the Navy I have the honor and privilege of working with the finest men and women our country has to offer. This was the case 238 years ago and remains as true today as it was at our Navy’s inception. On any given day our Sailors are deployed around the world providing a constant presence, defending the American people and our nation’s interests. We are and will continue to be America’s away team, the finest expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known. So today as we reflect on our heritage, I want to thank all of you for what you do in the service to our Navy and for our country. Happy birthday, Navy! Semper Fortis!
For their portion of the message, Greenert and Stevens met at the Washington Navy Yard’s Navy Museum in front of a display commemorating the battle of Lake Erie, which according to Greenert, was “perhaps the most dramatic and important battle in the War of 1812. It was at this battle that our Sailors really showed their mettle, really showed their tenacity, and, in fact, were the asymmetric advantage for our forces. Today, the all-volunteer force – you – are our asymmetric advantage. So think about that as we celebrate our 238th birthday.”
“For 238 years our Navy has overcome enormous challenges and faced adversity,” said Stevens. “We’ve risen with those challenges and built a reputation as the strongest naval force the world has ever seen. We work daily among a rich landscape of ships, bases and waterways. But it’s not the environment that keeps our Navy moving forward, it’s our people! This is our heritage!”
“So let’s remember the importance, as we look ahead, of our tenets of today: warfighting is first, we operate forward, and we will be ready,” said Greenert. “We will use the genius of our diverse force – our all-volunteer force – and we will be where it matters when it matters, because that’s what you and I are about: our great Navy of today!”
“Thank you for your service shipmates! I’m proud to serve with you!” concluded Stevens. “And thanks to our Navy families. None of us could do what we do without your love and support!”
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