US Navy’s 242d Birthday

| October 13, 2017 | 59 Comments

MCPO reminds us that on 13 October 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the purchase of two vessels to be armed for a cruise against British merchant ships; this resolution created the Continental Navy and is considered the first establishment of the U.S. Navy.

He also sends this instructional video;

The first major naval engagement of the new country was at Valcour Island in Lake Chaplain on October 11, 1776 when Benedict Arnold faced off with the British fleet and delayed them enough that their plans to take Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point back were delayed for a year. Of course, Arnold’s fleet, which the colonists had spent the entire summer building was completely destroyed in the endeavor.

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    \Old Ironsides

    BOSTON — The USS Constitution is about to set sail for the first time in three years to celebrate the Navy’s birthday and the anniversary of the Constitution’s first launch.

    The world’s oldest commissioned warship will set sail from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston on Oct. 20.

    The wooden ship will travel to Fort Independence on Castle Island, where it will fire a 21-gun salute. An additional 17-gun salute will be fired as the ship passes the U.S. Coast Guard station, the former site of the shipyard where the Constitution was built and launched in 1797.

    It will be the warship’s first sail since October 2014, and commemorates the Navy’s 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the Constitution’s launch.

    The ship earned its nickname “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812.

  2. MustangCryppie says:

    Happy Birthday to us!

    Best decision I ever made was to join the US Navy.

    First ten years I was in, I should have been paying the Navy, it was so much fun. Riding subs, surface ships, flying on P-3s chasing Rooskies all over God’s creation, making the world safe for democracy. It was fucking AWESOME!

    The last 15 years not so much, but they were still damn good and I figure they were my paying back for the first 10.

    Go Navy! Beat Army!

  3. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Thanks Jonn.

    Happy Birthday US NAVY.

    FYI … The Village People came out with “In the Navy” video in spring or summer of 1979 if my memory serves me correctly.

    I signed up in late August 1979 and started 03 OCT 1979 and retired 01 DEC 2011 … do the math.

    It was filmed at 32nd Street in SD onboard a Fast Frigate (FF).

    The VP are fabulously famous in the NYC area and are not all what you might believe.

    Anyhow Happy Birthday to my beloved US Navy and an early birthday shout out to the USMC and theirs on 10 NOV.

  4. OWB says:

    Happy Birthday, US Navy!

    And that vid never gets old. Just so much fun to watch, over and over again.

  5. AnotherPat says:

    Happy Birthday to our Sister Service, the United States Navy; so proud of them… a Toast and Salute to those who had or have the honor of serving with that Service.

    (Leaving out comments about the Army-Navy games…😎)

  6. Graybeard says:

    Happy birthday to the Navy.

  7. Sparks says:

    Happy Birthday to the United States Navy and all who served our country in her or are now. God speed to all the ships at sea.

    • Dave Bryson says:

      Which Sparks are you?
      In Hospital Corpsmen Field Medical School at Camp
      Pendleton, in April ’69, there was a Sgt. Stark, Recon Marine, that led our class through Marine Ways of doing things.
      Are you that Marine?
      I’d really like to hear from you!
      Semper Fi

  8. Doc Savage says:

    Happy Birthday Navy!

  9. Guard Bum says:

    Happy Birthday my Navy Brothers and Sisters.

    It looks like the Navy will be increasingly in harms way as this perpetual war grinds into a new phase and we should all be grateful they are there.

  10. Dinotanker says:


    I made a crack a day or so ago about learning Armored vehicle tactics by reading Alfred Thayer Mahan. Maybe I wasn’t too far off the unintended mark; the brits used Navy guys as crews for their first tanks, I have heard. WTF is up with that? Something about Royal Navy dudes being ideal since they were used to working guns in turrets on a ship. Humph.

    Fair Seas and Kick Ass, Navy! I don’t think I would have made a good sailor, I like to get out and walk… Thanks to all of you who over the years kept the seas free!

    GO ARMY! (Don’t watch the replay of the Army winning touchdown last year too closely, I think maybe we had some unintentional help on getting across the goal line…;))

  11. Jorge says:

    Go Navy!!

    CTIC(SS) (Ret)

  12. Thunderstixx says:

    Happy Birthday to all the Squids that frequent these great pages !!!
    This is a great documentary !!!

  13. Hondo says:

    The elder US military service sends its regards to the next oldest. (smile)

    Happy Birthday, USN.

  14. Mason says:

    Happy birthday, Swabbies!

    And to the Navy; You don’t look a day over 229 to me.

  15. PFM says:

    Happy Birthday – where’s the grog?

  16. FuzeVT says:

    Happy Birthday to our slightly older brothers! Being a Marine I’ve been around our swabbie friends for over 2 decades. They are a different breed, but we couldn’t do it without them!

    Thanks for all of the Motrin and religion!

  17. RGR 4-78 says:

    Happy Birthday Navy, could not have done it without you.

  18. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Here is a great clip from SNL:

  19. Ex-PH2 says:

    No can resist this:

  20. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    You’ve signed on the line,
    And now you’re doing time,
    Yes you know you’re in the US Navy.
    You were down on your luck,
    And you know it really sucks,
    Yes you know you’re in the US Navy.
    If you like going out to sea,
    It will fit you to a T,
    Yes you know you’re in the US Navy.
    If exotic women are you’re fair,
    You find them everywhere,
    Yes you know you’re in the US Navy.
    Well today you met a cutie,
    But tonight you’ve got the duty,
    Yes you know you’re in the US Navy.
    Tomorrow is another day,
    But you’re getting underway,
    Yes you know you’re in the US Navy.

  21. Patrick408 says:

    Happy Birthday Navy!
    I think the only branch to celebrate its birth “with vigor” is that small dept of the Navy.
    Not to change the subject but i think the dark green singer in the village people video is a phony, look at his fruit salad …just saying

  22. Atkron says:

    Happy Birthday to my fellow Sailors…and especially all the other Roof Rats:

    We had fun, didn’t we?

    • Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

      Loads of fun. Still looking for the 100 feet of chow line, spool of pipe threads, left handed monkey wrench, the key to the main engine, the mail buoy and a can of relative bearing grease. Hope all of you former and active Deck Apes, Skivvy wavers, Scope dopes, Snipes, Airdales Etc. had a great time.

      • Atkron says:

        Don’t forget Padeye wrenches and Jet exhaust samples.

        • Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

          No Jets on the OKIE 3.Forgot a bucket of steam, Pecker checker, Nukey pook, Line up ass hole to belly button on the chow line, roach coach, Reefer flats,channel fever,liberty cuffs, horse cock sandwiches, grab assing, sky larking, cold iron watch, float test, anchor pool, 3 point 2 beer, Gi gin, AJ Squared away, un authorized double rolled neckerchiefs, ETC. Just a small amount of memories I added.

  23. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    late Navy Life at Home

    Lock all friends and family outside. Your only means of communication should be with letters that your neighbors have held for at least three weeks, discarding two of five.
    Surround yourself with 200 people that you don’t really know or like: people who smoke, snore like Mack trucks going uphill, and use foul language like a child uses sugar on cereal.
    Unplug all radios and TVs to completely cut yourself off from the outside world. Have a neighbor bring you a Time, Newsweek, or Proceedings from five years ago to keep you abreast of current events.
    Monitor all home appliances hourly, recording all vital information (ie: plugged in, lights come on when doors open, etc.)
    Do not flush the toilet for five days to simulate the smell of 40 people using the same commode.
    Lock the bathroom twice a day for a four-hour period.
    Wear only military uniforms. Even though nobody cares, clean and press one dress uniform and wear it for 20 minutes.
    Cut your hair weekly, making it shorter each time, until you look bald or look like you lost a fight with a demented sheep.
    Work in 19-hour cycles, sleeping only four hours at a time, to ensure that your body does not know or even care if it is day or night.
    Listen to your favorite CD six times a day for two weeks, then play music that causes acute nausea until you are glad to get back to your favorite CD.
    Cut a twin mattress in half and enclose three sides of your bed. Add a roof that prevents you from sitting up (about ten inches is a good distance) then place it on a platform that is four feet off the floor. Place a small dead animal under the bed to simulate the smell of your bunkmate’s socks.
    Set your alarm to go off at ten-minute intervals for the first hour of sleep to simulate the various times the watchstanders and nightcrew bump around and wake you up. Place your bed on a rocking table so you are tossed around the remaining three hours. Make use of a custom clock that randomly simulates fire alarms, police sirens, helicopter crash alarms, and a new-wave rock band.
    Have week old fruit and vegetables delivered to your garage and wait two weeks before eating them.
    Prepare all meals blindfolded using all the spices you can grope for, or none at all. Remove the blindfold and eat everything in three minutes.
    Periodically, shut off all power at the main circuit breaker and run around shouting “Fire! Fire! Fire!” and then restore power.
    At least once a month, force the commode to overflow to simulate a “black water system” boo-boo.
    Buy a gas mask and smear it with rancid animal fat. Scrub the faceshield with steel wool until you can no longer see out of it. Wear this for two hours every fifth day especially when you are in the bathroom.
    Study the owner’s manual for all household appliances. Routinely take an appliance apart and put it back together.
    Remove all plants, pictures and decorations. Paint everything gray, white, or the shade of hospital smocks.
    Buy 50 cases of toilet paper and lock up all but two rolls. Ensure one of these two rolls is wet all the time.
    Smash your forehead or shins with a hammer every two days to simulate collision injuries sustained onboard Navy ships.
    When making sandwiches, leave the bread out for six days, or until it is hard and stale.
    Every ten weeks, simulate a visit to another port. Go directly to the city slums wearing your best clothes. Find the worst looking place, and ask for the most expensive beer that they carry. Drink as many as you can in four hours. Take a cab home taking the longest possible route. Tip the cabby after he charges you double because you dress funny and don’t speak right.
    Use fresh milk for only two days after each port visit.
    Keep the bedroom thermostat at 2 deg C and use only a thin blanket for warmth.
    Ensure that the water heater is connected to a device that provides water at a flow rate that varies from a fast drip to a weak trickle, with the temperature alternating rapidly from -2 to 95 deg C.
    Use only spoons which hold a minimum of 1/2 cup at a time.
    Repaint the interior of your home every month, whether it needs it or not.
    Remind yourself every day: “It’s not just a job, It’s An Adventure!
    Mix kerosene with your water supply to simulate the de-sal plant on the ship picking up jp5 in the intake — if a lit match thrown into your coffee pot doesn’t ignite it, add more kerosene.
    Stand outside at attention at dawn and have the poorest reader you know read the morning paper out loud. Be sure to have him skip over anything pertinent.
    Every four hours, check the fluid level in your car’s radiator. Check the tire pressure and replace air lost from excessive pressure checks. Be sure to place red tag on ignition stating “DANGER: DO NOT OPERATE” while you perform these checks. Inform your neighbor as to the results of these checks, have him tell you to repeat the checks because he did not see you perform them.
    Paint your house gray (exterior) include windows except for rooms you do not frequent, paint your car gray, paint your driveway a different shade of gray.
    Clean your house until there’s absolutely not a speck of dust anywhere. Call on a stranger to come inspect your house. Ensure stranger sees dust that has collected in the time it took to find him. Stranger cannot leave until he finds irrational fault with your house/belongings.
    More Ways to Simulate Navy Life at Home

    Buy a dumpster, paint it gray and live in it for 6 months straight.
    Run all of the piping and wires inside your house on the outside of the walls.
    Pump 10 inches of nasty, crappy water into your basement, then pump it out, clean up, and paint the basement “deck gray.”
    Every couple of weeks, dress up in your best clothes and go the scummiest part of town, find the most run down, trashy bar you can, pay $10 per beer until you’re hammered, then walk home in the freezing cold.
    Perform a weekly disassembly and inspection of your lawnmower.
    On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays turn your water temperature up to 200 degrees, then on Tuesday and Thursday turn it down to 10 degrees. On Saturdays, and Sundays declare to your entire family that they used too much water during the week, so all showering is secured.
    Raise your bed to within 6 inches of the ceiling.
    Have your next door neighbor come over each day at 5am, and blow a whistle so loud that Helen Keller could hear it and shout “Reveille, Reveille, all hands heave out and trice up.”
    Have your mother-in-law write down everything she’s going to do the following day, then have her make you stand in the back yard at 6am and read it to you.
    Eat the raunchiest Mexican food you can find for three days straight, then lock the bathroom door for 12 hours, and hang a sign on it that reads “Secured – contact OA DIV at X-3053.”
    Submit a request form to your father-in-law, asking if it’s ok for you to leave your house before 3pm.
    Invite 200 of your not-so-closest friends to come over, then board up all the windows and doors to your house for 6 months. After the 6 months is up, take down the boards, and since you’re on duty, wave at your friends and family through the front window of your home…you can’t leave until the next day.
    Shower with above-mentioned friends.
    Make your family qualify to operate all the appliances in your home (i.e. Dishwasher operator, blender technician, etc)
    Walk around your car for 4 hours checking the tire pressure every 15 minutes.
    Sit in your car and let it run for 4 hours before going anywhere. This is to ensure your engine is properly “lit off”.
    Empty all the garbage bins in your house, and sweep your driveway 3 times a day, whether they need it or not.
    Repaint your entire house once a month.
    Cook all of your food blindfolded, groping for any spice and seasoning you can get your hands on.
    Have your neighbor collect all your mail for a month, randomly losing every 5th item.
    Spend $20,000 on a satellite system for your TV, but only watch CNN and the Weather Channel.
    Have your 5-year-old cousin give you a haircut with goat shears.
    Sew back pockets to the front of your pants.
    Spend 2 weeks in the red-light districts of Europe, and call it “world travel.”
    Attempt to spend 5 years working at McDonald, and NOT get promoted.
    Needle gun the aluminum siding on your house after your neighbors have gone to bed.
    When your children have been in bed for 3 hours, run into their room with a megaphone, and shout at the top of your lungs that your home is under attack, and order them to man their battle stations.
    Post a menu on the refrigerator door informing your family that you are having steak for dinner. Then make them wait in line for at least an hour, when they finally get to the kitchen, tell them that you are out of steak, but you have dried ham or hot dogs. Repeat daily until they don’t pay attention to the menu any more, they just ask for hot dogs.
    In the middle of January, place a podium at the end of your driveway. Have you family stand watches at the podium, rotating at 4-hour intervals.
    Lock yourself and your family in your house for 6 weeks. Then tell them that at the end of the 6th week you’re going to take them to Disneyland for “weekend liberty”. When the end of the 6th week rolls around, inform them that Disneyland has been canceled due to the fact that they need to get ready for E-cert, and that it will be another week before they can leave the house.
    Even More Ways to Simulate Navy Life at Home

    Sleep on the shelf in your closet.
    Replace the door with a curtain.
    Four hours after you go to sleep, have your wife whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes, and mumble, “Sorry wrong rack”.
    Build a wall across the middle of your bathtub and move the showerhead down to your chest level.
    When you take showers make sure you turn off the water while soaping.
    Every time there is a thunderstorm, go sit in a wobbly rocking chair and rock as hard as you can until you’re nauseous.
    Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it to “high”.
    Don’t watch TV except for movies in the middle of the night. Also, have your family vote on which movie to watch, and then show a different one.
    Leave your lawnmower running in your living room for 24 hours a day for the proper noise level.
    Have the paperboy give you a haircut.
    Once a week blow compressed air up your chimney, making sure the wind carries the soot across to your neighbor’s house. Laugh at him when he curses you.
    Eake up every night and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread. Optional: canned ravioli or cold soup.
    Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night. When it goes off, jump out of bed, get dressed as fast as you can, then run into your backyard and break out the garden hose.
    Once a month take apart every major appliance and then put them back together again.
    Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot and allow it to sit for 5-6 days before drinking.
    Invite 100+ people you don’t really like to come and visit for a couple of months.
    Install a fluorescent lamp on the bottom of your coffee table and lie under it to read books.
    Raise the threshold and lower the top sills on your front and back doors so that you either trip over the threshold or hit your head on the sill every time you pass through.
    Every so often, throw your cat into the swimming pool, shout “man overboard, ship recovery!”, run into the kitchen and sweep all the pots/pans/dishes off the counter onto the floor, then yell at your wife for not having the place “stowed for sea”.
    Put on the headphones from your stereo (don’t plug them in). Go stand in front of your stove. Say (to no one in particular) “stove manned and ready”. Stand there for 3-4 hours. Say (once again to nobody) “stove secured”. Roll up the headphone cord and put it away.
    When it rains. Get two empty coke bottles, tie them together, and hang them around your neck. Go outside and stand in the rain for four hours. From time to time look through the coke bottles and observe the horizon and lightning.
    Put on a clean white suit, then go change the oil in your ca

  24. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Happy 242ND Birthday U.S. Navy.
    I couldn’t do 242 years. only served from 1963-1969 which included inactive Reserve.

  25. OldSoldier54 says:

    Happy B-day to the progeny of John Paul Jones!!

  26. mr. sharkman says:

    To all my Brothers and Sisters-

    Terrors of the Seas-
    First to Fight-
    Shield of the Republic-

    Keep the Faith and don’t ever give up the Ship.

    Me mother was a mermaid, me father was King Neptune.

    I was born on the crest of a wave and rocked in the cradle of the deep.

    Seaweed and barnacles are me clothes.

    Every tooth in me head is a marlinspike; the hair on me head is hemp.

    Every bone in me body is a spar, and when I spits, I spits tar!

    I’se hard, I is, I am, I are.

  27. NHSparky says:


    And of course, the rest is most definitely NSFW.

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