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Naval Academy To Celebrate Navy's 243rd Birthday

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:40 AM by Maddie Darbie

 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy will celebrate the Navy’s 243rd birthday Oct. 12-14. (The U.S. Navy’s birthday is Oct. 13.)

The annual Navy birthday cake-cutting ceremony will take place during noon meal in King Hall at the Naval Academy Friday, Oct. 12. This ceremony is a long-standing tradition within the Brigade of Midshipmen, with the oldest and youngest midshipmen initiating the first cut. This event is closed to the public. Media seeking to cover this event should contact Naval Academy Public Affairs at or 410-293-2292.

The Naval Academy will host Jewish, Catholic and Protestant Navy birthday religious services. The following services are open to the public:

  • Shabbat service will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at 5:15 p.m. at the Naval Academy Chapel. The guest speaker will be Dr. Edward P. Joseph, Executive Director of the National Council on U.S. Lybia Relations.
  • A Catholic Mass will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. in the Naval Academy Chapel. The guest speakers will be Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio.
  • A Protestant service will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m in the Naval Academy Chapel. The guest speaker will be Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Admiral Brent Scott, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith.
  • In between the Catholic Mass and the Protestant Service, a reception will be held on the 53 Deck of Dahlgren Hall, featuring the Superintendent’s Combo from the USNA Band.

Visitors to the Naval Academy may enter through Gate 3 (Maryland Avenue) or Gate 1 (at the intersection of King George Street and Randall Street) and will be required to show a picture ID. All bags are subject to search. Drivers without a Department of Defense I.D. are not permitted on the Naval Academy grounds; however, handicapped visitors with proper decals are permitted after a vehicle inspection. 

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