Posted by: arbeam | October 27, 2013

Navy Birthday Ball, 12 October 2013

Navy Ball 2013 DanceOver 450 local military attended this year’s Navy Ball held at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor. The Chief of Naval Operations has stated that the Navy Birthday is one of the two Navy-wide dates to be celebrated annually, Since 1972 this occasion is deigned to “enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service”.

Navy Ball 2013 MingleThe room was filled with anticipation as people had a chance to meet and mingle.

Command Master Chief of NBK, Shaun Peirsel did an excellent job as Master of Ceremonies and kept the event rolling.

Command Master Chief of NBK, Shaun Peirsel

Captain Zwolfer, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Kitsap welcomed everyone and Command Master Chief of NBK, Shaun Peirsel did an excellent job as Master of Ceremonies and kept the event rolling.

Mr. Johnson of Bainbridge Island was the speaker and he shared his first hand perspectives of the 9/11 events.  He was working on the 51st floor in the Twin Towers when the planes hit.  He described the story of his survival and shared his experiences on that fateful day.

2013-10-12_19-1.50.20Navy League members are honored to be invited and each year we enjoy this opportunity to participate.  What fun to spend an evening with a huge group of young people who are excited about what they are doing and looking toward the future. Plan on attending this event next year to help celebrate the 239th year of the United States Navy.

The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental congress established on 13 October 1775, by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions sips supplying the British Army in America.  The legislation also established a naval Committee to supervise the work.  All together, the continental navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength.

After the American War for Independence, Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the seamen and officers.  By 1783, they realized that this had been a mistake and 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.

The struggle to maintain a strong, capable Navy continues to this day and  is one of the major issues that Navy League supports and urges Congress to use their power  wisely..

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