By Seaman (SW/AW) Christopher A. Pratt, USS Boxer Public Affairs Office
USS BOXER, At Sea - Sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) celebrated the Navy's 237th birthday on the ship's mess decks, Oct. 13.
The ceremony included the ringing of nine bells, signifying the past and the future of the Navy, and retiring of the colors.
The event was one of many held around the country to recognize the service and heritage of the U.S. Navy since its founding.
For Senior Chief Information Specialist (SW/AW) Jeffery Holland, the Navy's birthday is a day to reflect and thank those who have gone before us.
"Sometimes we forget where and how it all started. I believe that same dedication and devotion is in each of us serving across the fleet 237 years later," he added. "I have spent literally half my life in the Navy, and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than with the organization that I have truly enjoyed for the past 23 years."
Capt. Kevin P. Flanagan, USS Boxer commanding officer, thanked the Sailors for their hard work.
"I am happy to serve in the greatest Navy," Flanagan said. "No other nation has Sailors like Boxer Sailors, thank you for your hard work."