Happy 243rd birthday U.S. Navy

Happy 243rd birthday U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old today.  On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies.” The foe at the time was Great Britain, whose navy ruled the seas. By the end of the Revolutionary War, the Continental Navy had grown to about fifty ships. In 1789, the U.S. Constitution guaranteed the navy’s future by granting Congress the power  “To provide and maintain a Navy“ .

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