United States Navy Celebrates Its Birthday
On October 13, we celebrate the birthday of the United States Navy.
Navy Day follows quickly on October 27. On this day, the nation recognizes all women and men who have served in the United States Navy, past and present.
For 50 years, 1922 to 1972, the Navy’s birthday was celebrated on Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday, October 27th. The Navy League of the United States designated this date due to Roosevelt’s work in elevating the U.S. Navy to a premier force.
On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established a Naval Force consisting of a small fleet of privateers to offset British Sea Power and disrupt British commerce. This small fleet of ships conducted naval raids and attacked British Commerce ships and transports. After the American Revolution, the final ships from the fleet were sold off. However, increasing threats from European powers and pirates, and the increase of trade and shipping proved the necessity of an American Naval force.
Today, the United States Navy is the largest Navy in the world, with over 340,000 active duty personnel and 71,000 in the Navy Reserve.
Flying the Navy Outdoor Flag
The American Flag should always be flown first or on the tallest flagpole. State flags are flown next (in alphabetical order), and then Military Flags. The size of the Navy Outdoor Flag should be equal to or smaller than the American flag when displayed on a single pole.
Displaying the Navy Flag indoors
As with outdoor flags, Indoor Ceremonial Flags must also adhere to the U.S. Flag Code order of precedence. The Indoor American Ceremonial Flag is always displayed first in order. A Parade Carry Belt must be worn when Ceremonial Flags are carried or presented in procession.
Small and versatile Navy Small Flags can be displayed on a podium, a desk, or even a window sill.
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