George Washington is the Father of our country. However, he's also twice involved in the creation of the United States Navy.
Did you know that the Continental Congress officially established the Continental Navy on October 13, 1775? Before that date, the colony of Rhode Island passed legislation authorizing its own naval force, while George Washington began assembling ships during the siege of Boston. Washington's first ship, Hannah, a schooner, was chartered and launched from Beverly, Massachusetts, on September 5, 1775.
A period of time existed when the United States did not actually have a naval force, as the Continental Navy was disbanded after the end of the Revolutionary War. However, it was re-established by Congress and President George Washington with the passage of the Naval Act on March 27, 1794.