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SECNAV's Birthday Message to the Fleet

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Story Number: NNS071010-02
Release Date: 10/10/2007 6:58:00 AM


From the Honorable Donald C. Winter, Secretary of the Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter, released his birthday message to the fleet.

Two hundred thirty-two years after the continental congress voted to commission a swift sailing vessel with ten carriage guns and an appropriate number of swivels, the United States Navy now reigns supreme as the most powerful Navy in the world. But a Navy is only as good as the people who train, maintain, and operate the fleet that the nation has built.

It is you, the Sailors and civilians of our Navy, who shoulder the burden and make the sacrifices that have made this success possible.

The U.S. Navy has an impact on the world that goes beyond what you may realize. From deterring aggression to protecting sea lanes to projecting power ashore to offering humanitarian assistance to victims of natural disasters, your work is vital to the security of the United States.

As those who have volunteered to serve, you put on the uniform everyday and dedicate your lives to a noble cause. On this 232nd birthday of the United States Navy, take quiet pride in knowing that your service and your sacrifice will continue to do honor to a great nation.

Thank you for your service and may god bless you, your families, and our nation.

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