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.
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..