JBHPP celebrates anniversary, US Navy birthday

Command Master Chief Allen Keller, command master chief of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH); Col. Douglas E. Pierce, JBPHH deputy commander; and Cmdr. Blaine Pitkin, JBPHH operations officer, cut the Navy 243rd Birthday cake at the Silver Dolphin Bistro, Oct. 10. Photo by MC2 Charles Oki

Jim Neuman
Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Today, Commander Navy Region Hawaii and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam hosted a bell-ringing ceremony to mark the Navy’s 243rd birthday at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument Visitor Center. The keynote speaker was Capt. Jeff Bernard, the commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This year’s theme is “Forged by the Sea.” The USS Arizona bell was rung nine times to mark the changing of the watch and the beginning of the Navy’s 243rd year. The ceremony will also include a special cake cutting ceremony and a performance by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band.

The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy. A Oct. 13, 1775 resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the United States Navy with “a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months….” After the American War of Independence, the U.S. Constitution empowered the new Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on this authority, Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.

In 1972 Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of Oct. 13 as the Navy’s birthday encouraging a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion “to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.”

For more information on the Navy’s 243rd birthday visit https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/commemorations-toolkits/navy-birthday.html.

The CNO/MCPON 243rd Birthday message can be found at: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/631590/243rd-navy-birthday-message-cno-and-mcpon.

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