Baltimore, Md. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following to commemorate the United States Navy’s Birthday, which is Monday, October 13:
“In honor of the U.S. Navy’s birthday, I want to thank all the sailors who have served and are serving, as well as their families, for the untold sacrifices they have made in the name of protecting our nation and defending freedom, democracy and stability around the world. I stand in appreciation of their ability, dedication and courage. Former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral George Anderson said it best when he remarked: ‘The Navy has both a tradition and a future and we look with pride and confidence in both directions.’
“On the 13th of October 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned a fleet of frigates, brigs, sloops and schooners to serve the missions of the Navy. These ships were soon tested in the war of 1812 and not only did they defend our shores from one of the most feared naval powers of the time, but were able to fight back and triumph. More than two centuries later the U.S. Navy is the preeminent naval force in history. The men and women of the Navy are among our fiercest warriors and the first to provide humanitarian assistance when disaster strikes. In recent history, the U.S. Navy provided a platform for the large-scale response during Operation Tomodachi, which followed the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that struck Japan in 2011. The U.S Navy continues to be a global force for good.
“As a U.S. Senator from Maryland, I am proud that our state is home to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. The USNA was founded in 1845 by the Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft. Many great Americans have graduated from the Naval Academy including presidents, senators, representatives, astronauts, NBA and NFL stars, and many others. The Academy is a premier institute preparing 4,536 young adults who will be the future leaders of the U.S. Military and our national, shaping global events for decades to come.
On this 239th Birthday of the Navy, in the words of the Navy fight song, I salute all of our sailors, Navy veterans, and their strong faith, amazing courage, true service and honor, honor over all!”