NORFOLK --

What is known today as the United States Navy, was a budding necessity in 1775 when the Continental Congress established a slew of sailing vessels that would protect coastal waterways for a growing nation. 

Today, we recognize that establishment as our Navy’s official birthday, Oct. 13, 1775, although congress established the Department of the Navy on April 30, 1798.

This year marks 246 years of our Navy heritage. Sailors remain resilient and ready to rise above challenging crises such as the global pandemic, and together they maintain a force that is lethal and prepared. 

“Across 14 installations in our region, our teams of Sailors and civilians work together ensuring our Sailors and fleets have what they need to execute their missions on a daily basis, and that’s what ready means to us.” said Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “We have been resilient, operating in the COVID environment, and we will continue to adapt going forward.”  

Rock said it's important for Sailors and commands to reflect on our Navy’s heritage and know its history, so we can carry forth traditions and customs as well as teach our families and friends about what we do as a Navy.

“Our Sailors along with their families are our strength,” said Rock, “And part of being a strong force means having a combat mindset and varied sets of knowledge and skills among a diverse force, so we can remain ready in the face of challenges.” 

The Navy is a proud force that continues to lead the way and protect America’s future. When called upon, the Navy answers.

CNRMA is the regional coordinator for all shore-based naval personnel and shore activities in the Mid-Atlantic region, which encompasses 20 states, 14 installations, and 50 Naval Operational Support Centers.

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