Those men and women who have taken the oath and swore their duty to being an American sailor have taken upon themselves a long and colorful history; one filled with honor and glory. The Idea that the Congressional Army and Minuet Men would be able to fully secure freedom and they needed to defeat the British warships before that got close to land. Stated with only whatever merchant ships they could come up with and outfit with cannons like most of the rest of the revolutionary troops incredibly ill-equipped; the Congressional Navy helped to fend off the British with aid from the French. They were disbanded after the revolution war only to be reinstated in 1794 under President Washington who signed the Naval Act of 1794 in response to US merchant ships off the Barbary coast this navy was made up of six frigates. Sent to deal with the pirates who were attacking from the North African Muslim States though the sailors where ill-prepared when first formed to take-on boarding parties during the revolution they had a new weapon the was developed during that war this weapon was the United States Marine these were seasoned soldiers and mercenaries that where most adept with hand to hand combat that sailed with the sailors and where an idea that the British themselves came up with after fighting pirates and enemy vessels. The United States Navy stayed small till the war of 1812 when Britain tried to retake the country that had revolted against their rule and started a cascading effect that ultimately leads to the fall of the English empire and them being seen as the world’s strongest military.
The original duty of the Navy was to levy attacks against slavers and to hunt and exterminate pirates. By the civil war, the birth of a new warship was being used the ironclad ships had started to replace the old frigates, of course, they where the frigates with iron plating on the halls to help defend against cannon fire. The end of the 1800s the meager numbers of sailors were just 6000 and the ships they had where outdated. In 1882 Congress had passed bills to modernize and expand the Navy taking its size from the twelfth largest to the fifth becoming bigger than even the Royal British Navy. This time when war raged the United States Navy Answered with a power most astounding, they became known during WWI as the world strongest Navy. This was the case when Japanese aircraft decided to sucker punch the pacific fleet entirely dragging the States into World War Two and with the bulk of battleships destroyed the United States Navy with their wayward children fought the Imperial Japanese back to surrender with new undervalued Aircraft carriers. They have been tried and tested forged in fires lit to the honor and traditions of the “Old Navy” that fought outnumbered and out equipped a far superior force. It was this fact that lead to the creation of the Sailors Creed.
I am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country’s Navy combat team with Honor, Courage, and commitment. I am committed excellence and the fair treatment of all. The word commitment is often thrown around, but the best definition I have ever heard for commitment is the choice to release there is no other option but to see the path through.
author by: tyrell moody