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U.S. Navy turns 237

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Petty Officer William Loggins, a Joint Functional Component Command for Space member, rings a bell during the U.S. Navy's 237th Birthday celebration here Friday, Oct 12, 2012. Currently a modern force of 287 ships and more than 3,700 aircraft, our Navy was created in 1775 with the establishment of the Continental Navy to sail against British merchant ships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Petty Officer William Loggins, a Joint Functional Component Command for Space member, rings a bell during the U.S. Navy's 237th Birthday celebration here Friday, Oct 12, 2012. Currently a modern force of 287 ships and more than 3,700 aircraft, our Navy was created in 1775 with the establishment of the Continental Navy to sail against British merchant ships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Capt. Dawn Maskell, the Joint Functional Component Command for Space chief of staff, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Glennaldrin Mupas, a 614th Air Operations Center member, cut the birthday cake during the U.S. Navy's 237th Birthday celebration here Friday, Oct 12, 2012. Currently a modern force of 287 ships and more than 3,700 aircraft, our Navy was created in 1775 with the establishment of the Continental Navy to sail against British merchant ships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Capt. Dawn Maskell, the Joint Functional Component Command for Space chief of staff, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Glennaldrin Mupas, a 614th Air Operations Center member, cut the birthday cake during the U.S. Navy's 237th Birthday celebration here Friday, Oct 12, 2012. Currently a modern force of 287 ships and more than 3,700 aircraft, our Navy was created in 1775 with the establishment of the Continental Navy to sail against British merchant ships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Papaioanu, a Joint Functional Component Command for Space operations officer, serves the  cake during the U.S. Navy's 237th Birthday celebration here Friday, Oct 12, 2012. Currently a modern force of 287 ships and more than 3,700 aircraft, our Navy was created in 1775 with the establishment of the Continental Navy to sail against British merchant ships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Papaioanu, a Joint Functional Component Command for Space operations officer, serves the cake during the U.S. Navy's 237th Birthday celebration here Friday, Oct 12, 2012. Currently a modern force of 287 ships and more than 3,700 aircraft, our Navy was created in 1775 with the establishment of the Continental Navy to sail against British merchant ships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)