In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, authorized recognition of October 13 as the U.S. Navy’s Birthday.
The Capital Area Chief Petty Officers Association will conduct a ceremony aboard USS Slater beginning at 9 am, Saturday, October 13, to celebrate the Navy’s Birthday.
To mark this occasion, the Association is honoring USS Slater volunteer Michael Marko as their Volunteer of the Year.
The Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on October 13, 1775, by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. These ships became Andrew Doria and Cabot.
Michael Marko has been a tour guide and maintenance volunteer with USS Slater for years. A former Destroyer Escort Sailor, he served four years on USS Brough DE-148 and USS Peterson DE-152. At the time he was involved with Operation Deep Freeze, spending much of his time in Antarctic waters. He spend the next 14 years of his Naval career on submarines, eventually becoming a Senior Chief Fire Controlman. He served aboard Triton SSRN-586.
USS Slater is located on the Hudson River in Downtown Albany. Public hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for children.
USS Slater will be open through November 25 this year, but closed on Thanksgiving Day. Call (518) 431-1943 or click here for more information.
Photo of Michael Marko aboard USS Slater provided.