Two hundred and forty-three years ago in 1775 ... The Continental Congress voted for two vessels to be fitted out and armed with 10 carriage guns, a proportional number of swivel guns, and crews of 80 then sent out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This legislation, out of which the Continental Navy grew, constitutes the birth of the U.S. Navy. Today, the U.S. Navy is the largest, most advanced lethal naval force in the world.
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