Happy Birthday Navy!

| October 13, 2023

USS Constitution

A 13 October 1775 resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the United States Navy with “a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months….”

After the American War of Independence, the U.S. Constitution empowered the new Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.”

In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized official recognition of 13 October as the birthday of the U.S. Navy.

248 years young. Go Navy Beat Army!

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AW1 Rod

Anchors Aweigh!

Navy and Army both have 3 – 2 records, while Air Force is undefeated. It appears that the CinC Trophy will be staying in Colorado Springs for another year.

Prior Service

For my granddad, dad, and brother: happy birthday, Navy. For Army-me, two Army brothers, and Army wife (also a navy brat), I say… happy Friday (but with respect to the USN)!

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Got to tour her in Boston (Charlestown) back in the 50’s when
I was Boy Scout.


Happy birthday all you Squids, Lobsterbacks, Bubbleheads, and sundry other such creatures.

Dennis - not chevy

I wish the Navy a happy birthday.

I also wish the local tv station would dig its head out of its nether region. To announce the Navy’s birthday they showed footage of a ship with its crew manning the rail as they sailed into port. The sailors looked sharp in their Coast Guard uniforms.

RGR 4-78

At least they got the correct countries ship this time.


The Squids may as well go ahead and Celebrate their Birthday. They shorely won’t have anything to celebrate come 9 December 2023. And from what I read, they won’t have a berth in NE since all the illegals have taken over the hotels. Good thing squids are used to hot bunking.

Happy Birthday, Swabbies! May you have many more. Will mid-rats include cake and ice cream? Irish coffee complements from the Goat Locker? Now…get the work gang busy, that paint ain’t gonna chip itself!


Happy Birthday Navy.


Happy birthday to my fellow grog enthusiasts! (former, recovering, and otherwise)

Now, stay in your [swim] lane:

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BZ to the Navy from a Navy family:

My Son – Current
Me -The Cold War
My mother’s brother/my uncle -The Vietnam War
My mother’s father/my grandfather – WW2
My mother’s uncle/my grandfather’s brother – WW2

My dad was in the Air National Guard as an outlier pre-Vietnam era


Happy Birthday, Navy!

Rest In Peace to our 17 US Navy Sailors who were MURDERED while serving on the USS COLE on 12 October 2000 (yesterday was 23 years ago).

Never Forget. Salute.

*Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Kenneth E. Clodfelter, 21, of Mechanicsville, Va.

*Chief Electronics Technician Richard Costelow, 35, of Morrisville, Pa.

*Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina M. Francis, 19, of Woodleaf, N.C.

*Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy L. Gauna, 21, of Rice, Texas

*Signalman Cherone L. Gunn, 22, of Rex, Ga.

*Seaman James R. McDaniels, 19, of Norfolk, Va.

*Engineman 2nd Class Marc I. Nieto, 24, of Fond du Lac, Wis.

*Electronics Warfare Technician 2nd Class Ronald S.Owens, 24, of Vero Beach, Fla.

*Seaman Lakiba N. Palmer, 22, of San Diego, Calif.

*Engineman Fireman Joshua L. Parlett, 19, of Churchville, Md.

*Fireman Patrick H. Roy, 19, of Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.

*Electronics Warfare Technician 1st Class Kevin S. Rux, 30, of Portland, N.D.

*Mess Management Specialist 3rd Class Ronchester M. Santiago, 22, of Kingsville, Texas

*Operations Specialist 2nd Class Timothy L. Saunders, 32, of Ringgold, Va.

*Fireman Gary G. Swenchonis, Jr., 26, of Rockport, Texas

*Lt. j.g. Andrew Triplett, 31, of Macon, Miss.

*Seaman Craig B. Wibberley, 19, of Williamsport, Md.


“23 Years Later, West Virginia Mother Still Awaits Trial, Closure In USS Cole Attack”


“Twenty three years ago, before most of us had heard of Al Qaeda, two terrorists steered a small boat full of explosives into the side of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole.”

“The explosion killed 17 American sailors and injured 37 more.”

“Kevin Rux, the son of Harrison County resident Saundra Norman, was among the fatalities. She is still waiting for the accused mastermind of the attack to go on trial.”

“We can’t get closure,” said the Mt. Clare mother. “We can’t see it come to an end. Why? What is going on that it is taking so very long?”

“Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, the man accused of planning the attack, remains imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. He faces the death penalty but has yet to go on trial.”

“We’ve had five parents [of USS Cole sailors] who have died without seeing justice,” Norman told 12 News. “We just need to get this trial going.”

“She has traveled to Guantanamo Bay five times for pre-trial hearings as a series of defense attorneys have argued the evidence against Al-Nashiri is based on hearsay and torture.”

“It keeps the wound open,” said Norman. “And it just doesn’t get any easier.”

“According to the Department of Defense website, the next pre-trial proceedings in the Cole attack are scheduled for December.”


23 Years.

This is taking TOO LONG!

“Trial Guide: The Cole Bombing Case at Guantánamo Bay”

“What to know about the death-penalty prosecution of a Saudi prisoner accused of plotting the attack on a Navy destroyer off Yemen in 2000 that killed 17 sailors.”


Skivvy Stacker

I have to say, if it wasn’t for the Navy, us Marines wouldn’t have a taxi service to get to our battles…

I’m proud to have served in the Naval Services of the United States of America.


Happy birthday Navy.

Regrets to the commander of the Lake Erie