Happy Birthday, Navy! 242 Years of Excellence

October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress resolved that a swift sailing vessel carrying 10 carriage guns, swivels, and 80 men set sail under a commander for three months to stop "warlike" stores and other supplies from reaching America's shores. Hence, the U.S. Navy was born.

Here's a cool history of the Navy's evolution since the earliest days of the Republic.

Plus, an inspiring video created by the U.S. Navy.

Do you know who ordered and when it was ordered that the Navy celebrate its birthday on Oct. 13?

A: Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, 1972.

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