Oct. 13 is the U.S. Navy‘s 241st birthday, and it’s the perfect time for us to pay tribute to this branch of America’s military that is always ready to answer the call of duty.
Tracing its roots back to the Revolutionary War, when privateers attacked British commerce, the Continental Congress formed the U.S. Navy October 13, 1775. The hope was that a small fleet would be able to take on the powerful British sea power by waging tactical raids against the transports that supplied British forces in North America.
Although the Continental Navy was later dismantled, Oct. 13 remains the U.S. Navy’s official birthday. The U.S. Navy currently maintains an impressive global presence, and it is and always has been an important factor in U.S. foreign and defense policy.