National Navy Day (US)
Navy Day was first celebrated in 1922, having been suggested by the Navy League of the United States. The 27th of October was chosen due to a document by the American Congress that officially approved the purchase of a fleet of ships to form a unified sea army in 1775. October 27th was also the birthday of one of the Navy’s biggest supporters, President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt had been the Assistant Secretary Of The Navy before he ran for the presidency. Between the years 1922 and 1949, Navy Day was celebrated in grand style, with Navy boats being dispatched to seaports all over the country. Thousands of people would come out annually to see the ships and participate in fun street parties. The US Navy fleet is the biggest in the world with over 340,000 active personnel and the world’s largest Naval base: Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia. It was in World War II that the Navy began actively using submarines after years of experimenting with the technology. As aeroplanes became more and more important to modern combat, many Naval ships were modified to include landing strips, making them an integral part of the US’s defence strategy. Recently, Navy Day has been incorporated into Armed Forces Day in order to celebrate the armed forces together as one unified team. However, Navy Day is still widely celebrated and honoured in the US.
Learn more about the Navy and the Armed Forces with these activities!
- Challenge yourself with this Deep Ocean Quiz – here
- Print off and enjoy our Ocean Activity Book – here
- Learn more about naval services around the world with these fact sheets – coming soon!
- Challenge yourself with this fun Military Quiz – coming soon!
- Get crafty with this Ocean In An Egg Box craft – here