ctober 13 is the birthday of our Navy. On that date in 1775, in Philadelphia, a small group within the Continental Congress, led by John Adams, persuaded fellow legislators to arm and outfit two ships to intercept British vessels carrying munitions and stores to the King's army in America. That Continental Navy soon became the United States Navy. Now, 231 years later, no military force, past or present, can claim a prouder history. All of us at the Naval Institute send warm wishes to our Navy comrades for continued fair winds and following seas.