VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The U.S. Navy is celebrating its 246th birthday Wednesday, and they have called it "Resilient and Ready."
The service members who gathered tell News 3 celebrating together was the icing on the cake as they celebrated with a cake cutting ceremony.
More than 30 service members attended the event at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
They are recognizing 246 years of upholding Navy traditions, although this year the ceremony was different from those of previous years.
Officials said what remains the same are their honor, courage and commitment.
Chief Select Matthew Reagan said, "It was a nice change. We like to see people we work with; it was a refreshing change this year."
This year's theme highlights service members being resilient and ready because of the history of the Navy overcoming any challenge, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.