Happy Birthday Navy!

| October 12, 2018 | 28 Comments

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  1. Dave Hardin says:

    I knew something smelled fishy today. Happy Birthday Squids.

    I had some sudden family business that took me out of town today, thanks to all for picking up the slack.

    Particularly that Gravey Lady.

  2. Sea Dragon says:

    Go Navy, beat Army!

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Yeah, well, that’s gonna happen again, just not this year. Army’s opponents are 22-7 and Navy’s 15-14, with Hawaii accounting for 6 wins in both of those records, the only common opponent thus far this year. Did I mention that Army beat Hawaii and that Navy didn’t? If not, I meant to. Hell, Oklahoma (5-1) had to go to OT to beat the Black Knights.

      Go Army. Beat Navy, Again.

      • 2/17 Air Cav says:

        Navy played perennial champion and legendary powerhouse Temple today. Navy lost but by only 17 pts. Army played San Jose State and took it easy on them. Won by only 49, 52-3.

  3. RGR 4-78 says:

    Congratulations Navy for hanging in on the long haul.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    And a big fat hand salute to John Paul Jones, who chased down the British ship Serapis and after a 3-hour cannon fight, slammed the Bon Homme Richard into Serapis. When the Brits asked him if he was ready to surrender, he responded “I have not yet begun to fight!””

    And another to Oliver Hazard Perry, whose nine-ship fleet engaged a British fleet of six at Put-in-Bay at the western end of Lake Erie, using his two 20-gun brigs Lawrence and Niagara at close quarters. His friend, CAPT James Lawrence, who was mortally wounded, gave him his flag blazoned with the legend “Don’t give up the ship”. While Perry sailed the Niagara across the enemy line, the British ships Detroit and Queen Charlotte collided while maneuvering to keep up with him, became entangled in each other’s rigging, giving Perry the advantage of firing down the length of both ships. The Royal Navy’s four largest ships subsequently surrendered while Perry’s smaller ships captured the other two.
    In his report to GEN William Henry Harrison, Perry included this message: “We have met the enemy and the are ours.”

    Just a little Navy history for you landlubbers.

    • AW1Ed says:

      “Damn the torpedoes!”

      On August 5, 1864, Admiral David Farragut won a great victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Mobile, Alabama, was then the Confederacy’s last major open port on the Gulf of Mexico. The bay was heavily mined (tethered naval mines were then known as “torpedoes”). Farragut ordered his fleet to charge the bay. When the monitor USS Tecumseh struck a mine and sank, the others began to pull back.

      From his high perch, where he was lashed to the rigging of his flagship, USS Hartford, Farragut could see the ships pulling back. “What’s the trouble?” he shouted through a trumpet to USS Brooklyn. “Torpedoes”, was the shouted reply. “Damn the torpedoes.”, said Farragut, “Four bells, Captain Drayton, go ahead. Jouett, full speed.”

      The bulk of the fleet succeeded in entering the bay. Farragut triumphed over the opposition of heavy batteries in Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines to defeat the squadron of Admiral Franklin Buchanan.

  5. Haywire Angel says:

    Happy Birthday Navy!

  6. aGrimm says:

    I’m putting on a couple Nav insignia and breaking out the good scotch.
    So many traditions to celebrate, such as our unofficial motto, FTN. From Navy Hx: The next day after Congress authorized the Navy,
    “…while swabbing the deck this motto was first uttered by Seaman Peter Studley on the USS Hannah and quickly picked up by the rest of the crew.”
    I’m proud to have carried on the 243 year tradition of muttering this motto.

  7. USMC Steve says:

    GO, SQUIDDLIES!

  8. Andy11M says:

    Ah, 243 years of Rum, sodomy, and the lash! Congrats Navy!

  9. ex-OS2 says:

    Happy Birthday Navy!

    Squids….

  10. Sparks says:

    Happy Birthday to the United States Navy and to all of my Brothers and Sisters who served her.

  11. IDC SARC says:

    Happy Birthday Navy!

    Best thing about the Navy though will always be the FMF.

    Celer Silens Mortalis

  12. Comm Center Rat says:

    Looking forward to reading about some Fake Navy SEALs next week! Some Meal Team 6 members are probably getting liquored up right now celebrating the Navy birthday. They’ll be doing warrior stuff this weekend with do-rags, face paint, chaps, motorcycles, and leather vests.

  13. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    October 3rd 1979 bused into GLAKES … Retired on USMC Birthday November 10th 2011 …

    You can’t take the Navy out of man who spent most of his life at sea!

    Happy Birthday US Navy

  14. Happy Birthday Navy

    Was only 360 months but seemed like 30 yrs.
    Agree, my 17 yrs with FMF made it a great career

    “SEMPER SQUIDELIS”

    CAPT Bones USN (ret)

  15. DocV says:

    Happy Birthday Shipmates! Semper Fortis!

    DocV
    1986-2010
    USS Nashville LPD 13
    USS John F. Kennedy CV 67
    USS Gunston Hall LSD 44

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