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October 13, 2006

Happy Birthday, Sailors!

061013-N-2970T-002 Pacific Ocean (Oct. 13, 2006) - Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Markus Ramirez, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), prepared the cake shown to honor the U.S. Navy’s birthday, commemorating 231 years of heritage. The cake was cut on the ship’s mess decks by the oldest and youngest crew members along with the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Brian Donegan. Essex and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is currently underway for their annual fall patrol. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marvin E. Thompson Jr. (RELEASED) <br />

061013-N-2970T-002 Pacific Ocean (Oct. 13, 2006) - Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Markus Ramirez, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), prepared the cake shown to honor the U.S. Navy’s birthday, commemorating 231 years of heritage. The cake was cut on the ship’s mess decks by the oldest and youngest crew members along with the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Brian Donegan. Essex and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is currently underway for their annual fall patrol. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marvin E. Thompson Jr. (RELEASED)

The SecNav Sends:

SECNAV Navy Birthday Message to the Fleet Story Number: NNS061012-18 Release Date: 10/12/2006 6:20:00 PM

Special message from Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- America is an amazing success story. From our humble origins we have grown, prospered, and offered freedom to generations of Americans. We cherish our independence, our liberties, and our way of life, and like generations before, we unwaveringly defend these bedrocks from those who would do us harm.

Since 1775, when the Continental Congress of the United States recognized the need for naval forces, the United States Navy has been vital in protecting our national security. The heroism and courage of the Sailors that have fought our nation’s wars since the earliest days of the republic is alive today in each and every one of you; as we once again confront an enemy that openly targets our freedom and our way of life. Your willingness to serve, your steadfastness in the face of pressure, and your inspiring example of courage in confronting danger are what protect us from those who plot our destruction.

The fact that we live in an increasingly dangerous world is a sobering thought. We have faced great peril before, and we have prevailed. From those in Iraq and Afghanistan, to those deployed at sea and ashore around the world, to those at home who are responsible for recruiting, training, supplying, and providing intelligence to the warfighter, you are all engaged in a noble and worthy endeavor to preserve our way of life and keep America safe.

On this 231st Birthday of the United States Navy, take unique pride in knowing that your service and your sacrifice continue to do honor to a great nation. Your nation, fellow Americans, and our friends and allies around the world respect and appreciate your commitment.

It is my honor and privilege to be your Secretary as we celebrate this birthday. May God bless you, your families, and the United States of America.

The Usual Suspects weigh in, unsurprisingly... well, except for this one, and this one, and this one, at least as of this posting... I guess we can give the west coasters some slack, due to the time zones... of course, this East Coaster doesn't have that excuse... (but I like his Floating Frog).