U.S. Navy Birthday

Yesterday the United States Navy turned 241. So sing along with me:  Happy Birthday to the Navy – Happy Birthday to the Navy . . . . . (Sorry I’m a day late)

121013-N-OR551-042 GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 13, 2012) The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) commemorated the 237th birthday of the U.S. Navy with a special birthday cake made from 220 eggs, 47 cups of water, 40 pounds of flour, 40 pounds of sugar, 2 1/2 cups of non fat milk, 15 pounds of shortening, 1 pound, 4 ounces of baking powder, 1 cup, 4 tablespoons of salt, and 20 ounces of vanilla. The theme for the cake was "past & present" and displayed a miniature model of the USS Constitution and today's Navy NWU's. Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan E. Dial/Released)

*Some important firsts in Naval history:

  1. First use of Submarines: While the Navy’s first commissioned designs for a submarine were handed over in 1875, it wasn’t until 1898 that the first Holland submarine launched successfully.
  2. First use of modern battleships: While America had battleships before the 1908 South Carolina class dreadnought, which started with the USS Michigan and was based on British ships, these were the first in the new era of battleships.
  3. First use of Naval aircraft: In 1911, the U.S. Navy bought its first airplane, the Curtiss A-1 Triad.
  4. First aircraft carrier: The first flight from the deck of a U.S. Navy cruiser in 1910 led to the 1927 Lexington-class aircraft carriers, the first operational aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy.
  5. First use of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat: Introduced in 1992, these rubber boats were originally meant for life boats in the 1960s, but the Navy now uses them for SEALs due to their lightweight, high speed, all-weather specifications.






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