October 15, 2017
On October 14, the Navy League of United States – Singapore Council celebrated the U.S. Navy’s 242nd year by hosting an birthday celebration ball at the Ritz-Carlton MIllenia for over 500 guests. The theme for the Navy’s 242nd Birthday was “Sea Power to Protect and Promote.”
What was extra special this year was that in addition to the Navy’s 242nd Birthday, it also marked several other historic milestones for the Navy. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States entering into World War I and the 75th anniversaries of the Battle of Midway, WAVES and Navy Seabees.
Ray Corrigan, President of the Navy League of United States – Singapore Council highlighted that the Council hosted “this event to celebrate our outstanding service men and women, and to highlight the importance of camaraderie and partnership with the sea services both in Singapore and around the world.”
The Singapore Council was joined by several distinguished guests including Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, Commander, Task Force 73, Rear Admiral Alan Goh, Commander, Maritime Security Task Force, Republic of Singapore Navy, Brigadier General Kelvin Kong, Chief of Staff, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Charge d’Affaires, ad interim, Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath.
The night was a celebration to honor the 65,000 sailors who are out at sea right now, defending our interests and protecting what we hold dear; as well as those who have served before us. What we have today is the product of these service men and women who have given their lives to bring us to places that we stand today.
The night would not have been possible without the contributions of generous sponsors, members, community partners, and affiliates. All combined to make it a great event.
Finally, join us in wishing the U.S. Navy a very happy 242nd Birthday!