R 121752Z OCT 21
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/US NAVY 246TH ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all United States Marines, past and present, I extend congratulations to the United States Navy on its 246th birthday.
2. On 13 October 1775, the Continental Congress created the Continental Navy. Ever since, the United States Navy has stood between the Nation's enemies and its shores. This year also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Washington Naval Conference, which established the United States Navy as an internationally recognized global force, sailing all of the world’s oceans. The Navy has served the Nation well in peace and in war, taking Old Glory to unexplored seas and unknown lands, rendering aid to all in times of need, and providing refuge in times of desolation.
3. In 1778, the father of the United States Navy, John Paul Jones, wrote, “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.” For nearly two and a half centuries the United States Navy has followed his lead, sailing fast ships in harm’s way in the service of our country. As its maritime force in readiness, the Marine Corps is proud to stand watch alongside the brave sailors of this proud Republic. It is my distinct honor to congratulate the United States Navy on its 246th birthday.
4. Semper Fidelis, David H. Berger, General, United States Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.