I’m not a big fan of the Navy’s motto ” A Global Force for Good”. Yet count me among the huge rooters for our haze grey and underway deployers! Happy 238th anniversary to the world’s greatest naval force.
Which came first the Continental Devil Dogs or Salty Sams?
According to http://www.history.navy.mil/birthday2.htm, our service of John Paul Jones was first by a wee bit:
“On 13 October 1775 Congress enacted the first naval legislation providing for the outfitting of two warships. This marked the beginning of the Continental Navy, the forerunner of the United States Navy. Almost one month later, 10 November 1775, as an extension of that naval legislation, Congress resolved that “two Battalions of marines be raised.” Following the Revolutionary War, both services went into abeyance. When they were reestablished in the 1790s, the reestablishment of the United States Navy preceded the reestablishment of the Marine Corps.”
Hats off to JP Jones, AT Mahan, T Roosevelt and others that shaped our maritime focus and (okay) this current Global Force for Good.
In closing: though a coincidence – I like the convergence of the Navy birthday with Columbus Day.
After all, that New World discoverer was a mariner.
ex scientia tridens.