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7 Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Navy

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Prompted by a letter from George Washington, the Continental Congress voted on October 13, 1775, to arm two sailing vessels with carriage and swivel guns in the hope of intercepting British supplies—an event now celebrated as the birth of the Navy. Two hundred forty years later, explore some surprising facts about the seafaring branch of the U.S. armed forces, from its humble beginnings during the Revolutionary War to its arrival as a world powerhouse.

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