The Navy celebrating its birthday on the USS Slater

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Capital Area Chief Petty Officers Association will conduct a ceremony aboard USS SLATER beginning at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the Navy’s Birthday.

To mark this occasion, the Association is honoring USS SLATER volunteer Earl Herchenroder as their Volunteer of the Year.

The Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on October 13, 1775 by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.

In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, authorized recognition of October 13 as the Navy’s Birthday. It is intended as an internal activity for members of active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, dependents, and friends.

Since 1972, each Chief of Naval Operations has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion “to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence towards pride and professionalism in the Naval Service.”

USS SLATER is located on the Hudson River in Downtown Albany. Public hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children.

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