More than 200 Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Lemoore service members recognized the U.S. Navy's 242nd birthday, during a celebration at the organization's headquarters on board Naval Air Station Lemoore, Oct. 13.

The celebration included an address by CNATTU Lemoore Commanding Officer Cmdr. Tommy Edgeworth and a ceremonial cake-cutting.

"The Navy birthday is a unique experience here at CNATTU Lemoore because it gives new Sailors the opportunity to interact with more seasoned service members," said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Jonathan Miller. "This brings the command together as a whole as we celebrate 242 years of Navy tradition."

CNATTU Lemoore Executive Officer (XO) Cmdr. Ronnie Harper, the oldest Sailor at the command, and Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Recruit Ashtyn Lea, the youngest Sailor at the command, cut the birthday cake together.

"As a young Sailor it was an honor to participate in cutting the cake with the XO and carrying on the Navy's tradition and heritage," said Lea. "Today's event gave me a sense of pride and makes me eager for my future in the Navy."

On Oct. 13, 1775, the Continental Congress of the United States authorized the purchase of two merchant vessels, creating the beginnings of the Continental Navy. This ultimately expanded into fleets spanning the globe, eventually becoming the world's largest Navy.

In 1972, then Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt authorized Oct. 13 as the official birthday of the U.S. Navy.

CNATTU Lemoore is a training unit specific to the F/A-18 Hornet platform, and is part of Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

CNATT develops, delivers and supports aviation technical training at 27 sites located throughout the continental United States and Japan. CNATT is a training center under Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), and is a technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), an organization designed to advance and sustain Naval Aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost.

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