The United States Navy is the oldest of our military services. It dates back to October 13, 1775, the winter before our nation declared its independence from the British monarch. The Continental Congress authorized the outfitting of two ships whose mission was to harass British supply lines.
During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Navy had 50 ships, 20 of them being actual warships. The summer before the new Navy was authorized, a Scottish immigrant sea captain named John Paul offered his services to the Continental Navy and got his commission as first lieutenant — executive officer — on the American frigate Alfred. On December 3, 1775, having added the surname “Jones,” possibly to disconnect from his past British connections, First Lieutenant John Paul Jones hoisted the first flag of the United States over an American warship.
By the end of the Revolutionary War, John Paul Jones would distinguish himself in expeditions against the British mainland, commanding a five-ship squadron that captured British merchant ships. It was on August 14, 1779, in his battle against HMS Serapis where Jones uttered his reply to the British demand for surrender, “Surrender? I have not yet begun to fight.”
John Paul Jones is regarded as the “father of the U.S. Navy.” His leadership philosophy and what it means to be an officer of the Navy is encapsulated in another one of his quotes, which is the underpinning philosophy of the United States Naval Academy’s Qualifications of a Naval Officer:
“It is by no means enough that an officer of the Navy should be a capable mariner. He must be that, of course, but also a great deal more…. No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention or be left to pass without its reward, even if the reward is only a word of approval…”
The legacy of John Paul Jones in the Navy’s proud history continues today, 238 years later. Sailing in the wake of Old Ironsides, which buoyed American spirits during our “second war of Independence” in 1812, our modern Navy aircraft carrier battle groups and undersea nuclear deterrent forces project U.S. power and a href=”https://www.paracordpaul.com/product/stainless-u-s-military-branch-bracelet/” title=”Navy Stainless Steel Branch Tag Paracord Bracelet” target=”_blank”>keep the sea lanes clear of those who threaten the world’s peace and commerce.
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“It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”
~ President George Washington, 15 November 1781, to Marquis de Lafayette.
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