The United States Navy

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 by Travis Cody in

The United States Navy owes its origin to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War.  And so the US has had an active naval service since 13 October 1775, when George Washington took the fight to the British on the high seas with three captured schooners.  That is the official birth date of the US Navy.

But it wasn't until 27 March 1794 when Congress approved the construction of six frigates that the US Navy was on the way to manning its own warships, and beginning the long journey of establishing itself as a global naval power.

So today I salute the 430,400 men and women who are part of this grand service.  From the newest Seaman Apprentice to the Chief of Naval Operations, I thank them all for their dedication to service.
"Honor, Courage, Commitment"

"Non sibi sed patriae"
(Not self but country) 


  1. Anonymous says:

    My late father was a navy man, so was hubby. So was Hubby's brother and his nephew.

  1. Jeni says:

    I liked/enjoyed this post, Trav. But, why no mention of John Paul Jones?

  1. Jamie says:

    May they always sail in courage and honor with the thanks of a grateful nation.

  1. An interesting little snippet of history. Thankee.

  1. One of my cousins was a creer Navy Woman.Me I was USAF Dad was USAAF, My cousin Keith was USAF and my other cousin Brian was Army.So I think we covered the military pretty good don't you think?Thanks for saluting the Navy in this posting.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Interesting Trav and a nice tribute.

  1. JohnH985 says:

    I'm proud to say my Dad spent over twenty years in the Navy.

  1. Linda says:

    I know of at least one Navy man who would truly appreciate this post today!

    Thank you for remembering those who protect us even when we don't realize that they're doing so.

  1. Anonymous says:

    And the six ships were the USS Constitution, the USS President, the USS United States, the USS Congress, the USS Constellation, and the USS Chesapeake. Thanks for a look at the origin of our Navy.

  1. Marsha says:

    My father was a Navy man during WWII, and hubby was a Navy man during Vietnam. Dad was wounded in the Aleutian Islands and fortunately survived, but took several years for a full recovery. Hubby served on a aircraft carrier and managed to survive without being sucked into a jet engine...thank heavens! So I salute you all, not just Navy, but all military members!