237TH NAVY BIRTHDAY PLANNING ORDER

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SUBJ: 237TH NAVY BIRTHDAY EXECUTE ORDER
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NARR/REF A IS 237TH NAVY BIRTHDAY PLANNING ORDER//

SUBJ/237TH NAVY BIRTHDAY EXECUTE ORDER//



RMKS/1. THIS NAVADMIN UPDATES REF A AND PROVIDES AMPLIFYING INFORMATION ON 
PARAGRAPH 7.C.1 OF REF A; BELL RINGING CEREMONY.

2. AMPLIFYING INFORMATION ON PARAGRAPH 7.C.4 OF REF A; HISTORY STAND-DOWN.
A. DELETE "HISTORY STAND-DOWN" AND REPLACE WITH "READING OF HISTORICAL 
MESSAGE."
B. ADD THE FOLLOWING HISTORICAL MESSAGE TEXT:
AS WE CELEBRATE OUR NAVY'S 237TH BIRTHDAY, OUR HISTORY AND HERITAGE FORMS OUR 
IDENTITY, TELLING US WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR. OUR CORE VALUES OF 
HONOR, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT HAVE BEEN PASSED DOWN FROM OUR FOUNDERS, WHO 
CHARGED THE NAVY WITH THE SOLEMN DUTY TO SERVE AS THE "SHIELD" OF OUR 
REPUBLIC.  THE FIRST REAL TEST OUR NAVY FACED WAS DURING THE WAR OF 1812. THIS 
WAR BEGAN AT SEA WHEN UNITED STATES SHIPS WERE ORDERED TO HEAVE TO UPON THE 
HIGH SEAS AND U.S.
CITIZENS WERE FORCEFULLY TAKEN, OR IMPRESSED, INTO THE CREWS OF ANOTHER 
NATION'S SHIPS. THE GREAT BATTLES THAT FOLLOWED PROVED THE FIGHTING METTLE OF 
OUR SAILORS AND THE CUTTING EDGE OF OUR SHIP DESIGNS. THESE BATTLES 
ESTABLISHED BOTH FREE TRADE AND FREE NAVIGATION AS CRITICAL NATIONAL INTERESTS 
OF OUR COUNTRY, INTERESTS THAT ENDURE TO THIS DAY. THE WARRIOR CHARACTERISTICS 
OF CUNNING AND BOLDNESS EXHIBITED IN 1812 INSPIRE OUR SAILORS OF TODAY'S NAVY 
AS THEY CONTINUE TO SERVE AROUND THE WORLD. THE WAR OF 1812 SERVED AS A 
CRITICAL TURNING POINT FOR OUR NAVY.
ON THIS 237TH BIRTHDAY OF OUR NAVY, WE HAVE THE HONOR TO SERVE IN THE GREATEST 
MARITIME FIGHTING FORCE THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN, BUT WE DO SO WITH HUMILITY, 
CONTINUING TO BUILD UPON THE FRAMEWORK THOSE FIGHTING SAILORS FORGED BEFORE 
US. HISTORY TEACHES US THAT WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. FROM 
THE GREAT CAPTAINS AND CREWS WHO FOUGHT SINGLE SHIP ACTIONS IN 1812 TO THE 
COMMERCE RAIDERS OF THE CIVIL WAR; FROM THE CONVOYS OF WORLD WAR I TO THE 
MAJOR FLEET ACTIONS AT CORAL SEA AND MIDWAY; FROM THE BLOCKADE OF CUBA IN 
OCTOBER OF 1962 TO THE RIVERINE OPERATIONS ON THE TIGRESS AND THE EUPHRATES, 
OUR NAVY HAS BOLDLY AND PROUDLY PUT OUR SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL. WE HAVE 
CHAMPIONED PEACE AND WE CONTINUE TO SHIELD THE REPUBLIC. HERE IS TO 237 YEARS 
OF PROUD NAVAL HERITAGE, AND MANY MORE!

3. THE BELL RINGING CEREMONY WILL COMMENCE AT 0900 LOCAL TIME 12OCT2012.
A. THE BELL WILL BE RUNG NINE (9) TIMES.
(1) EIGHT BELLS, USED TO SIGNAL THE END OF THE WATCH, REPRESENTS THE END OF 
THE CURRENT BIRTHDAY YEAR.
(2) READ THE HISTORICAL MESSAGE.
(3) THE SINGLE BELL (CEREMONIAL NINTH), TRADITIONALLY USED TO SIGNAL THE START 
OF A NEW WATCH, REPRESENTS THE START OF A NEW YEAR, OUR 238TH.

4. VISIT NHHC'S WEBSITE FOR OTHER AVAILABLE PRODUCTS ASSOCIATED WITH 
HISTORICAL MATERIAL FOR OUR 237TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.  
(WWW.HISTORY.NAVY.MIL).

5. RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL R. W. HUNT, DIRECTOR, NAVY STAFF.

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