The following are written and video messages from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and the video message from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on the occasion of the Navy’s 244th birthday.
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SUBJ/NAVY BIRTHDAY MESSAGE TO THE FLEET//
RMKS/1. 244 years ago the Navy began its watch to protect freedom of the
seas with honor, courage, and commitment. As we celebrate across the fleet,
we renew our commitment to be ready; remember those who forged our legacy;
and honor our families and loved ones who stand beside us.
2. With 290 ships, about 30 percent of which are underway today, your Navy
is America’s away team. From the Atlantic to the Arabian Gulf, and from the
Indian Ocean to the Pacific, there are no shortage of headlines about our
presence around the world. We enable prosperity – at home and abroad – by
ensuring peace, stability, and security around the globe.
3. Sailors and Marines stand watch together in every fleet and operate as an
integrated naval force. We operate jointly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
365 days a year, and continually demonstrate America’s ability to put forces
wherever and whenever we choose.
There is no higher honor than to serve with each one of you.
4. Happy 244th birthday shipmates. See you in the fleet.
5. Released by Admiral M. M. Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.//
— SECNAV76 (@secnav76) October 11, 2019