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June 26, 2017

Naval Station Newport Celebrates Rhode Island’s Maritime History on U.S. Navy’s 241st Birthday


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Capt. Dennis Boyer, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Newport, has sent out a state-wide message on the U.S. Navy’s 241st Birthday to Sailors, Veterans, family members and those who support them.

The US Navy recognizes 13 October 1775 as the date of its official establishment — the date of the resolution of the Continental Congress that purchased two vessels to be armed against British ships.

On October 6, 1884, Secretary of the Navy William E. Chandler signed General Order 325, which began by simply stating: “A college is hereby established for an advanced course of professional study for naval officers, to be known as the Naval War College.”

Its first president, Commodore Stephen B. Luce, was given the old building of the Newport Asylum for the Poor to house it on Coasters Harbor Island in Narragansett Bay.

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The Naval War College is the staff college and “Home of Thought” for the United States Navy in Newport. The NWC educates and develops leaders, supports defining the future Navy and associated roles and missions, supports combat readiness, and strengthens global maritime partnerships.

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