On this day 236 years ago, the Continental Congress put into legislation authorizing the outfitting of two naval vessels. This constitutes the official birth certificate of the U.S. Navy, MY U.S. Navy.
After 13 years and seven deployments, my life is more enriched, the lives of hundreds of thousands around the worlds are greater.
I’ve fought pirates off the coast of Somalia. I’ve fought human traffickers in the South China Sea. I’ve defended freedom across the world.
I’ve felt the four winds blow. I’ve seen the Straits of Gibraltar, the Strait of Magellan, the Straits of Malacca, the Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of June de Fuca. I know what the South Pacific smells like in August and I’ve seen the fury of the North Atlantic in January.
I’ve taken 35-foot seas off my port bow and not spilled a drop of coffee. I can splice line with my teeth, tie a bowline in the dark with one hand, and I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the cure for anything is salt water.
Hoo-YAH, NAVY! Happy 236th.