USS RICH  (DD/DDE 820)

  Serving our country 1946 - 1977  



              

"And any man  who may be asked in this century what they did to make his
  life worthwhile,  can respond with a good deal of pride and
  satisfaction, 'I served in the United States Navy.'"
-- President John F. Kennedy

 
   
Happy Birthday US Navy!

October 13, 2018, marks the 243rd anniversary of the United States Navy that traces its origins to the Continental Navy, established by the Continental Congress on 13 October 1775 to fight in America's war for independence. The Continental Navy numbered some 50 ships over the course of the war, with approximately 20 warships active at its maximum strength.

The Constitution of the United States ratified in 1789, empowered Congress "to provide and maintain a navy." Acting on this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in 1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.

Chuck Weber, VSO 


                       



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