ALMARS : 029/18
R 091228Z OCT 18
MSGID/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/UNITED STATES NAVY 243RD ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all Marines, it is my pleasure to congratulate the sailors and officers of the U.S. Navy on the occasion of their 243rd birthday. Born in the earliest days of our republic on 13 October 1775, today the United States Navy's ranks are filled with the most talented, skilled and professional men and women, and make up the world's premier Naval power.
2. America's Navy commands the high seas and the air space above them projecting sea power in combat, or deftly providing humanitarian aid in times of nature's wrath. Serving side-by-side with Marines, American Naval personnel such as Corpsman John H. Balch and Chaplain Vincent R. Capadanno, have exemplified the best of the Navy-Marine Corps team in action. As you celebrate your anniversary, know that all Marines honor our fellow sea service, and thank each of you on behalf of this great nation and its citizens for your service and sacrifices.
3. Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//