On the 9th of October, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) released the Navy’s 238th birthday message commemorating the anniversary of the establishment of the United States Navy on 13 October 1775 . This year it came in the form of NAVADMIN 216/13. In his message, the CNO highlights the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie, a key naval battle during the War of 1812. It was in reporting this battle that Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry penned the famous words, “We have met the enemy and they are ours!”
Here at Navy Mentor, we would like to wish all members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps a Happy Navy Birthday! Because of your service and sacrifice, our citizens can safely go about their lives under the blanket of security you provide daily.
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MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC//N00/OCT//
SUBJ/NAVY BIRTHDAY 2013//
1. Happy Birthday, Navy! On 13 October, we will mark the 238th anniversary
of the birth of our Navy. Across that expanse of years, our Navy has grown
from a handful of modest but sturdy men-of-war to a vast fleet of the world's
mightiest warships and aircraft. We are present in strength around the world
as a comfort to friends, and a caution to potential foes.
2. This year marks the bicentennial of one of the formative events in the
development of our Navy: The Battle of Lake Erie. U.S.
Naval forces, under the command of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, won a hard-
fought engagement against a squadron of the Royal Navy.
Perrys report of the battle, which was a strategically important victory in
the War of 1812, commenced with the famous words, "We have met the enemy and
they are ours."
3. In similar intrepid fashion and without respite, the Navy has proudly
protected our Nation's security and advanced her interests ever since.
Today, our presence is global. Our Fleet is modern and capable. We are
ready for the future with new platforms such as the Littoral Combat Ship, USS
GERALD R FORD class aircraft carriers, and the Unmanned Carrier-Launched
Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system.
4. The most important element of our success is, and always has been, our
people. Your hard work and dedication carry on the tradition of the
generations who have gone before us. They would be proud of your service and
self-sacrifice. Additionally, generations to come will look back at how well
our people have served our Navy and Nation during these challenging times.
5. Thank you for all that you do. I could not be prouder of the way our
Sailors, Civilians, and Families have performed over the past year. Keep up
the great work - it is my honor to be your shipmate.