Wednesday, October 13, 2010

On This Day In History - Oct. 13, 1775

On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress authorized construction and administration of the first American naval force - the precursor to the United States Navy.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Navy successfully preyed on British merchant shipping and won several victories over British warships.  This first naval force was disbanded after the war.  What is now known as the United States Navy was formally established with the creation of the federal Department of the Navy in April 1798.

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