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NATIONWIDE -- People across the country are wishing the U.S. Navy a very happy birthday this weekend. In the Capital Region, the occasion is being marked by a ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Slater. It was also an opportunity to name the Capital Area Petty Officers Association's Chief as volunteer of the year.
The ceremony honored U.S.S. Slater volunteer, Chief Art Dott. Saturday also marked the first day of Dott's retirement. He said there is no better honor than to serve one's country.
"The reason I'm here today, retiring on the U.S.S. Slater because it's a national treasure. It's our heritage for being in the Navy, and to come down here to celebrate not only my retirement, but the Navy's birthday, there's no better spot in the Capital District than on the U.S.S. Slater," said Chief Art Dott, U.S.S. Slater Volunteer of the Year.
The Navy is 237 years old.