U.S. Navy celebrates 243rd brithday

Posted at 12:40 PM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-13 14:40:19-04

WASHINGTON – October 13, 2018 marks the 243rd year in existence for the U.S. Navy.

According to the Navy, in 1972, CNO Adm. Elmo Zumwalt designated October 13th as the Navy’s official birthday, in order to “enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.”

Over the past nearly two and a half centuries, the U.S. Navy has grown to become one of the largest, most advanced fighting forces the world has ever known.  Today, the Navy has more than 328,000 personnel on active duty and around 100,000 personnel in the Navy Reserve. The fighting force also has 286 deployable battle force ships and approximately 270,000 civilian employees.

We at KOAA would like to join the other branches of the U.S. military in wishing the Navy a very happy 243rd birthday!