On Friday, October 13, 1775, meeting in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress voted to fit out two sailing vessels, armed with ten carriage guns, as well as swivel guns, and manned by crews of 80, and to send them out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This was the original legislation out of which the Continental Navy grew and as such constitutes the birth certificate of the Navy.
Later, in the War of 1812, the Navy earned its place as a force to be reckoned with as six lonely frigates held their own against the British Royal Navy, the most technologically advanced and powerful naval force the world had ever seen.
Today, the US Navy continues to be the strongest in the world. Operating all around the world with more than 633,000 members, both military and civilian, while operating 284 ships, the U.S. Navy continues to uphold the traditions by Sailors such as John Paul Jones, Isaac Hull and Stephen Decatur. Traditions of honor, courage and commitment.