Long before the 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War, and before the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, in October of 1775, America’s Navy was established.
One of the U.S. Navy’s earliest victories came at the Battle of Flamborough, where John Paul Jones, commanding America’s Bonhomme Richard, ran into Great Britain’s HMS Serapis in the North Sea on September 23, 1779. The much debated (and much celebrated) showdown at sea was hardly looking in our favor—Jones was even requested to surrender. His response, “I have not yet begun to fight.” His resilience and ultimately victory set the tone for one of the most dominant fleets in the world. Pay homage.
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