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​The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, Detachment at White Sands Missile Range celebrated the U.S. Navy's 245th Birthday with a ceremony and cake cutting Oct. 13 at the Navy Headquarters.

WSMR celebrates Navy’s 245th Birthday
Miriam Rodriguez
October 22, 2020

The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, Detachment at White Sands Missile Range celebrated the U.S. Navy's 245th Birthday with a ceremony and cake cutting Oct. 13 at the Navy Headquarters.

The central theme of this year's celebration is "Victory at Sea", which encompasses the Navy's efforts in battle during World War II.

"We are here today because together we share in a storied and honored legacy that began on Oct. 13, 1775 with a resolution of the Continental Congress to establish what is now the United States Navy," said Officer-in-charge Commander Colin S. Monk, who welcomed those in attendance.

"The resolution called for a 'Swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible dispatch, for a cruise of three months," Monk said.

"We've come a long way since then, Hoorah!"

Monk went on to say that today, the Navy has 347,000 personnel assigned in locations all over the world.

"More specifically, highlighting the Pacific Theater where our Navy fought to defend Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941; engaged the Battle of the Coral Sea; The Battle of Midway, which along with the Navy birthday is celebrated annually as a centerpiece of our heritage; and the Battle of Iwo Jima, Okinawa and many more," Monk said.

"World War II marks the beginning of a new era in warfare, which consequently resulted in the establishment of mission for White Sands Missile Range."

On sept. 26, 1945, a Navy Tiny Tim rocket was configured to act as a booster for a WAC (without altitude control) corporal missile and was the first missile launched at WSMR, originally called White Sands Proving Ground.

In October 1945 the Navy received a formal invite to participate in the guided missile program from the U.S. Army Air Corps chief of ordnance.

"Armed with honor, courage, and commitment, 'the greatest generation' achieved victory at sea 75 years ago in World War II," Monk said. "Their service inspires today's globally deployed Sailors who ensure security and stability for our allies and ensure prosperity worldwide. Sailors remain victorious by carrying on a two-century tradition of being ready to fight and win. As in World War II, victory at sea is achieved by Navy heroes among us."

In addition to those who made the ultimate sacrifice — heroes are also the Sailors who inspire their shipmates to do, and be, better, Monk said "Our legacy is what warfighters do in the face of adversity: persevere, fight, and win."

"Every sailor and civilian serves today with a Navy hero: the shipmate who is ready to protect and defend America and its allies."

Monk went on to say that the mission of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division and WSMR Detachment is to keep the fleet underway, combat ready and effective. "But we must do more to keep our nation safe while we maintain maritime superiority and pursue victory at sea and beyond."

"Our team is cohesively effective through improved initiative, integrity, leadership and accountability," Monk said. "I encourage everyone to maintain a mindset of continuous improvement in everything you do and to share and replicate your successes with each other."

"Victory at sea begins with our ethos: we defend our nation and prevail in the face of adversity with strength, determination, and dignity on, above, and below the sea; from surface to air," Monk said.

"245 years is just one of many milestones on our path to secure the title as the world's most lethal Navy. Thank you for your contribution."

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