It’s the US Navy’s Birthday. Here Are Five Things To Know About The Powerful Military Force

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos/Released)

Founded on October 13, 1775, the US Navy describes itself as the “largest, most advanced, and most lethal fighting force the world has ever known.” In 1972, nearly 200 years after its founding, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt designated October 13 as the Navy’s official birthday.

He ordered the day to be celebrated to “enhance [the] appreciation of our Navy heritage” and encourage “pride and professionalism in the Naval Service”

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