Happy Birthday United States Navy!

| October 13, 2020

245 years young today!

Category: Bravo Zulu, Navy

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AW1 Rod

Still waiting for the day that the annual birthday montage includes a shore-based MPA asset. I guess hunting down and destroying subs from the air isn’t sexy enough.

AW1 Rod

No buoys? No MAD run (well, it IS a P-8A), and no torps? And a cheap OTP for a surfaced friendly?


And just one day after that great sailor Christopher Columbus was roasted.


Happy birthday to the United States Navy. In honor of the 245th birthday, meet the USS Pennsylvania SSBN-735 as seen in the documentary series Big, Bigger, Biggest. The name Pennsylvania was first used on a first rate ship-of-the-line of 130 to 140 guns commissioned in 1837, a cruiser launched in 1903 (later renamed Pittsburgh), and a battleship launched in 1915.


My Son CSCS(SS)(Ret) served on her Gold Crew October 2005 to April 2007.

His other boats were:

USS Seahorse (SSN 669)
USS William H. Bates (SSN680)
USS Alaska (SSBN732)
USS Ohio (SSGN 726)


P.S. –Admins can/may delete the comment if OPSEC was violated./s


Green Thumb

Tattoos and the Clap!

Hell Yeah!


Happy birthday my squidly brothers!

Too bad you’ll lose to Army next month!

George V

Posted in the squadron ready room on the USS America (May God rest her soul) back in the late 1970’s: “Being on a ship is like being in jail with the opportunity of being drowned.”

Same ship, at some point when a Tiger Cruise was being hosted. A couple of boyss came trooping through the ready room with an adult of some rank in tow behind. One boy says to the other “Wouldn’t it be neat to be living out here all the time?!??” Us denizens of the ready room held our peace, and smiled politely.

5th/77th FA

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…Happy Birthday Squids! I was gonna be a good doggie til I saw that abomination of Animal Abuse up there. I guess you and Mick will celebrate a little later by watching this on the Big Screen? Oh and btw, GO ARMY BEAT NAVY!!!

The Stranger

What, no comment on how the Navy doesn’t know how to mount turboprop engines correctly? 🤣

5th/77th FA

Welp Pappy, I felt there was no need to point out the obvious and it IS their Birthday, and I wouldn’t mind a slab of the mid-rats cake…with Ice Cream. I must admit I was led into temptation when I saw the P-8 pictured. But I didn’t. See what a good boy I can be…sometimes.

charles w

Before I joined the Army, I was in the Navy. Uss Halsey CG23. I have fond memories of both.


Happy 245th birthday Navy – your boobs are sagging.


What, no mention of the fact that the US Navy was disbanded after the Revolutionary War and later reestablished on a different date in 1794? (smile)

In any case: the eldest US military service – specifically, the US Army, which WASN’T disbanded after the Revolutionary War – sends its best wishes.


I seem to recall problems with the Barbary States that showed the importance of having a navy (seriously, I wonder who’s brilliant idea that was to not have a navy despite the fact that the US had a very large coast line which means that maritime trade was going to be one of its most important industries, something of which the Barbary States were quick to capitalize on, never mind what the British Royal Navy and the French Navy were capable of).

I also thought the army was briefly disbanded and had to be reformed into the Legion of the United States because the militias were performing terribly in early battles against the Native Americans which later became the U.S. Army.


I also thought the army was briefly disbanded and had to be reformed into the Legion of the United States . . . .

Nope. While the Continental Army was dramatically reduced after the Revolutionary War, it was never disbanded entirely. A regiment was retained to guard the new nation’s Western Frontier, and a battery of artillery was retained to guard the arsenal at West Point. The Legion of the United States was formed later, when it became apparent that conflict with native tribes would require a standing field Army. The Legion was the first attempt at creating such a field Army, and itself was rather short-lived (1792-1796). It was combined with the other forces noted above and (together with these other forces) was renamed the US Army in 1796.

The Wikipedia articles on the History of the US Army and the Legion of the United States provide more details.

An interesting trivia note is that at one point after the Revolutionary War the US Army was so reduced in size (to a total of 80 personnel, if I recall correctly) that over half of its authorized strength was assigned duties guarding the arsenal at West Point. However, the US Army – unlike the Navy and USMC – was never entirely disbanded after the Revolutionary War. It is thus the only US military service with a continuous history from the Revolutionary War until the present.


Okay. That makes sense.


Happy Birthday, Navy!