(NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead released the following Marine Corps birthday message to the fleet Nov. 8, 2010:
"On behalf of the men and women of the United States Navy, I extend a happy 235th birthday to the United States Marine Corps.
As you celebrate another birthday, you can be proud of the strength you have shown throughout our nation's history in facing the challenges posed by those who would threaten our security. Your actions this year in Iraq, in Afghanistan, at sea in the middle East and beyond - add a glorious chapter to a long legacy of taking the fight to our adversaries wherever we might encounter them.
In today's interconnected world, where international events hit home more frequently and powerfully than ever before, there is little doubt that global demand will grow for the American leadership our Navy and Marine Corps team provides. Along with those of our allies, your efforts have helped us promote global maritime security, stability and prosperity. Together, in missions ranging from humanitarian assistance to power projection ashore, our teamwork represents the most flexible option in our nation's formidable arsenal.
Today, we take a moment to celebrate those Marines and their families who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.
Marines today honor their memory with the same warfighting spirit you have always shown in forging the foundation of the world's indispensable expeditionary team. The Navy is as proud as ever to serve alongside you.
Thank you for another year of unrivaled service in defense of our great nation. Happy birthday, Marines."
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