Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

245th Navy Birthday Planning Order

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SUBJ/245TH NAVY BIRTHDAY PLANNING ORDER//

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AMPN/REF A is CNO's Outreach: America's Navy//

RMKS/1. 13 October 2020 will mark the Navy's 245th Birthday. The central theme of this year's 245th birthday and heritage week will be "Victory at Sea," which encompasses the Navy's efforts in battle during World War II in the Pacific Theater. The announcement of this theme allows planners at all echelons to focus on talking points, guest speakers, and solicitations for this year's commemorations. Beginning with the establishment of our Navy in 1775 and continuing to our current modern fleet, our Navy has stood the watch. The United States Navy has been the shield of the Republic for more than two centuries. We are the Nation's forward deployed presence 24/7, 365 days a year.

2. Today, the Navy's Birthday celebration; encompasses the traditions of honor, courage, and commitment; the value of being second to none; and the Sailors who are the very foundation upon which we have built the world's greatest Navy.

3. Execute Navy Birthday events in a manner that bring honor and respect upon our service.

4. Commander's Intent
a. Purpose: Celebrate 245 years of naval history on or around 13 October 2020.
b. Method: Execute a global birthday celebration.
c. End State: Instill in our Sailors and public the importance of, and a sense of pride in, our Navy's history and heritage. Celebrate our glorious victories at sea and honor our shipmates who stand and have stood the watch.

5. Tasks
a. Director, Navy Staff (DNS) will oversee planning and program development for the annual Navy Birthday celebration in the National Capital Region (NCR).
b. Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) will:
(1) Coordinate and support the execution of Navy Birthday events.
(2) Provide digital resources for use by US Fleet Forces Command (USFFC), Commander, Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), Commander, Naval Reserve Forces Command (COMRESFOR), Commander, Naval Installations Command (CNIC), Chief of Information (CHINFO), Regional Commanders, and Commanding Officers (COs) and Officers in Charge (OICs).
(3) Provide Navy Birthday toolkit at www.history.navy.mil/birthday
(4) Collect information from USFFC, COMPACFLT, CNIC, COMRESFOR, CHINFO, and Navy District Washington (NDW) regarding specific celebratory activities.
(5) Develop and make available on NHHC's website, a body of lessons learned from previous Navy Birthday celebrations.
(6) Produce Plan of the Day historical notes for each warfare community for the week leading up to the celebration.
(7) Draft Navy Birthday Execute Order for release as NAVADMIN by DNS. Message to be released NLT 5 AUG 2020.
c. COMUSFLTFORCOM and COMPACFLT will:
(1) Ensure COs and OICs plan for and celebrate the 245th Navy Birthday.
Events shall be coordinated with NHHC, CNIC, and Region or Operational Commanders to support the requirement for coordinated ceremonies.
(2) Execute CHINFO Communication Plan and participate in planned community activities as operationally feasible.
(3) Provide lessons learned to NHHC NLT 13 November 2020.
(4) Report command specific scheduled celebratory activities to NHHC weekly starting 7 September 2020.
d. CNIC will:
(1) Ensure Regional Commanders host a Navy Birthday ceremony and other celebratory activities during Navy Birthday and heritage week.
(2) Assist and direct Regional Commanders with a bell ringing ceremony and assist subordinate commands with other Navy Birthday celebrations.
(3) Provide lessons learned to NHHC NLT 13 November 2020.
(4) Execute CHINFO Communication Plan and participate in planned community activities as operationally feasible.
(5) Report command specific scheduled celebratory activities to NHHC weekly starting 7 September 2020.
e. COMRESFOR will:
(1) Ensure Regional Reserve Component Commanders and Navy Operational Support Commands (NOSC) host a Navy Birthday celebration, bell ringing, and other celebratory activities during Navy Birthday week; including during October 2020 drill weekends, or as close to 13 October 2020 as feasible.
(2) Provide lessons learned to NHHC NLT 13 November 2020.
(3) Execute CHINFO Communication Plan and participate in planned community activities as operationally feasible.
(4) Report command specific scheduled celebratory activities to NHHC weekly starting 7 September 2020.
f. CHINFO will:
(1) Develop a Navy Birthday Communication Plan in coordination with NHHC and provide to ashore and afloat commands by 7 September 2020. This plan should include Navy's strategic message and talking points for this event linked to reference (a) efforts.
g. Naval District Washington (NDW) will:
(1) Execute a bell ringing ceremony in honor of those who stood the watch in our Nation's Navy. Schedule bell ringing's and celebrations with NHHC to support the requirement for coordinated ceremonies.
(2) Provide DNS with POAM for the execution of the NCR Navy Birthday Celebration NLT 7 September 2020.
(3) Provide lessons learned from the NCR ceremony to NHHC NLT 13 November 2020.

6. Admin
a. The following are directed to be available at the NHHC website (www.history.navy.mil): Plan of the day historical notes for the week of Navy Birthday, Navy ball template, history stand-down lessons, and a template for Navy Birthday bell ringing, NLT 31 August 2020.
b. Regional Commanders, COs, and OICs will use NHHC and CHINFO products to inform and motivate their Sailors.
c. Discretionary celebratory events. The following is a list including, but not limited to, the events that Commanders may schedule:
(1) Bell ringing ceremony
(2) Plan of the day notes
(3) Cake cutting
(4) History stand-down
(5) Reading of SECNAV/CNO Birthday messages
(6) Command picnics/fun day
(7) Golf tournament
(8) Awards ceremony
(9) Chief's mess/wardroom luncheons
(10) Classic Navy movie presentation
(11) Birthday run
(12) Re-enlistments
(13) Birthday ball/dining out
d. Public Affairs Guidance
(1) This is an active PA posture event.
(2) Public affairs guidance will be provided SEPCOR.
e. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, local Navy Birthday commemorations will be carried out in accordance with standing Navy health protection conditions of readiness and local government and public safety directives. Those arranging commemorations should ensure their plans include virtual alternatives should in-person activities not be possible.

7. Command relationships.
a. NHHC is the supported command.
b. CNIC, CHINFO, COMRESFOR, and NDW are supporting commands.
c. Additional coordination instructions and tasking to be provided by separate correspondence (SEPCOR) as plans develop.

8. Point of Contact (POC).
a. NHHC POC is Alura Romero, comm: 202-685-6361, email: alura.romero(AT)navy.mil.
b. Supporting commanders provide primary POC contact information to Alura Romero by 7 September 2020.

9. Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff//

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Published: Wed Jul 01 13:22:28 EDT 2020