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Navy Birthday / National Train Your Brain Day

donmdonm Posts: 10,241 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

On October 13th, the United States Navy observes its birthday every year. 

 The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service has over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve. 

 With only two ships and a crew of eighty men, the Continental Army was born on October 13, 1775. The decision of the Continental Congress set the Continental Navy on course to carry arms to the British army, not to defend against it. However, these two ships and crew represent the birth of the United States Navy.

 Throughout the Revolutionary War, their importance grew. Today, the United States maintains 40 naval bases across the country, including the world’s largest Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia.

 Below the sea, submarines became a part of the Navy during World War II. While experiments began in the late 1800s and during the Civil War, they did not become a large part of the Navy inventory until World War II. At that point, subs became necessary for surveillance and rescue, even though they were also armed.

With the advent of the airplane, the Navy became vital stations for the Airforce as well. As a result, the Navy modified ships into floating landing strips. Today, joint Naval and Airbases such as Pearl Harbor-Hickam provided necessary fleets of sea and air defense.


National Train Your Brain Day challenges us to some puzzling games and riddles! Whether you play solo or go up against teams, the day improves our thinking power.

 Exercising the brain is important. Routine activities don’t keep the mind sharp. This day encourages us to expand and exercise our brain and use more of its potential capacity. To do that, we need to break out of our routines and try new activities or relearn old ones. We’ll work on our cognitive skills. To do this, try reading or word puzzles. Number games and brainteasers also improve cognition. Riddles and word games challenge areas of the brain we don’t use every day.

 Learning something new is another practice that benefits the brain, too. When we learn a new skill, we focus and tap into our problem-solving abilities. If we’re doing the same thing every day, we’re probably not solving too many problems. The brain gets bored. You’d get bored, too if you watched the same episode of the same TV show every day. 

When the question is asked to American scientists as to how much of the brain is used, the answer varies. However, many of them believe that it is only a small percentage and that there is room for expanded learning and knowledge within everyone.

Happy Birthday to any Navy folks out there. And Thanks!!!


  • SubmarineDawgSubmarineDawg Posts: 297 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
  • FirePlugDawgFirePlugDawg Posts: 5,480 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    In WW2, submarines were used to set mines in the Japanese harbors. This was supplemented by the "air force" dropping mines. The net effect was that even if the US hadn't dropped the big ones in August 1945, Japan was goners that winter - due to starvation threat and lack of other essentials.

    On the other side, the Japanese focused their subs on attacking Allied combat craft, rather than the huge US logistics train. Had it done the latter, while the outcome wouldn't have been affected, the cost would have been far greater and the victory date later. Of note, the battle for Guadalcanal was a very close run thing. The Japanese under-estimated the US both as to the fight in them (Marines) as well as the number that had landed. Had Japanese subs concentrated on the logistics of the island, the outcome might have been decided in its favor. That would have been a bad blow as it was the idea of Admiral King, the big kahuna. As it was, the US Navy resorted to small craft, tuna boats, and "Y" craft- small boats (from memory), mostly at night, to keep up a flow of supplies and fuel to that island in the critical stages. Admiral King's reasoning might have been questioned. <- tying it together, see?

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