October 13, 2015 is the 240th birthday of the United States Navy. On this day in 1775, a small naval force was established by the Continental Congress during the American Revolutionary War. This was later coined the “Old Navy,” as it was a small, mighty force of privateers, and the “New Navy,” which began in the 1880s and has been growing and improving ever since.
Today, there are more than 328,000 active duty and 110,000 ready reserve members who operate 271 deployable battle force ships when duty calls.
For all those who are currently serving, have proudly served, or love someone who has or is serving in the U.S. Navy, Columbia Southern University wants to say “thank you.” Our country and our university would not be the same without you.