Today is the Navy's 239th Birthday. From the Navy History website (link),
On Friday, October 13, 1775, meeting in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress voted to fit out two sailing vessels, armed with ten carriage guns, as well as swivel guns, and manned by crews of eighty, and to send them out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This was the original legislation out of which the Continental Navy grew and as such constitutes the birth certificate of the navy.
323,561 active duty personnel
109,117 reserve personnel
10 aircraft carriers
9 amphibious assault ships
10 amphibious transport docks
12 dock landing ships
4 littoral combat ships
Last summer, while visiting my husband in Korea, I found a blue photo album at the Osan Thrift Shop. The cover was embossed with the seal from the USS George Washington (CVN 73). I share the pictures from the album ...
Flight deck ...
Thank you, US Navy, for your selfless service! I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs. To enter the giveaway,
1. What job would you do on an aircraft carrier?
2. Comments are open through Saturday, October 18, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 19.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
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