Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

Oct 10: 240th Navy Birthday Ball


October 10, 2015 at 1800
NBK Bangor Trident Ballroom

Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always.

Guest Speakers: Capt John Ring CO USS Nimitz and CMDCM David Lynch Naval Base Kitsap
Uniform: Dress Blues with ribbons
Menu: Top Sirloin California, Chicken Dijonnaise, and Pasta Primavera.
Band: Navy Band Northwest as well as Mobile sound DJ.

The Navy League will coordinate reservations for a table. Please contact Bob Lamb by September 15th for reservations. Email:, Phone: 360-710-2326. The ticket cost is $40 for retirees

Over 450 local military attended last 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 designed to “enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service”.

Navy 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 240th 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..