You will not find a lion, bear or tin man here! What you will find are more aggressive things that hunt ships and submarines at day, at night, in the air, on land and at sea.
The most modern naval power, the United States Navy, has had its mascots over the years. Animals that help define the character or attitude of a special group of US Navy sailors.
So the next question is what do you have when you find a murder, congregation, shoal and tribe massed together?
Murder – A grouping of crows!
Congregation – A grouping of alligators!
Shoal – A grouping of squids!
Tribe – A grouping of goats!
Answer? The meanest most bad ass group of United States Navy sailors!
Petty Officers in the United States Navy are the oldest of the ranks found within the United States Navy! They are proven leaders. They have advanced their careers by providing proof that they are tough both mentally and physically and can handle the rigors of duty both in a command on shore or fighting the seas with their shipmates in the waters, oceans and seas of the world.
Identified as connected as crows the Petty Officers wear eagles above their rank chevrons but tradition in the Navy has them identified instead as crows. The crow is the Petty Officer and the Petty Officer is the crow!
Crow Facts – Meet Mr Corvus!
Some interesting crow facts
“Corvus is a a widely distributed genus of birds in the family Corvidae. Ranging in size from the relatively small pigeon-size jackdaws (Eurasian andDaurian) to the common raven of the Holarctic region and thick-billed raven of the highlands of Ethiopia, the 40 or so members of this genus occur on all temperate continents except South America, and several islands. In Europe, the word “crow” is used to refer to the carrion crow or the hooded crow, while in North America it is used for the American crow or the northwestern crow.
The crow genus makes up a third of the species in the Corvidae family. The members appear to have evolved in Asia from the corvid stock, which had evolved in Australia. The collective name for a group of crows is a flock or a murder.
Recent research has found some crow species capable of not only tool use but also tool construction. Crows are now considered to be among the world’s most intelligent animals with an encephalization quotient approaching that of some apes.” (Source: Wikipedia)
So what we have is one of the most intelligent animals on Earth that hunts in packs called a murder!
Navy Squids – We Own The Seas!
For decades other military branches have tried to issue insults at our US Navy sailors by calling them squids. Truth is you might poke fun at a squid but would you really want to piss it off! Nope! They will drag you down faster that a turbo jet to the oceans depths then grasp you and tear you to bits! So for those of us who have used the word to define American sailors we suggest thinking twice.
Meet Mr Squid!
“The giant squid remains largely a mystery to scientists despite being the biggest invertebrate on Earth. The largest of these elusive giants ever found measured 59 feet (18 meters) in length and weighed nearly a ton (900 kilograms).” (Source: National Geographic)
The US Navy and it days of running landing craft up to beaches, launching attacks from offshore and firing salvos to help pin an enemy down on a beachhead while US Marines engage enemy pillboxes and fortified emplacements has been the calling of the US Navy and its host of amphibious forces. Hello Gator Navy!
Seen what a alligator can do?
So when a group of Alligators get together it is called a congregation.
More facts about alligators
“An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator (A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. sinensis). In addition, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains. Alligators first appeared during the Oligocene epoch about 37 million years ago.
The name “alligator” is probably an anglicized form of el lagarto, the Spanish term for “the lizard”, which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator. Later English spellings of the name included allagarta and alagarto.” (Source: Wikipedia)
The Goat Locker!
Since April 1st, 1893 the United States Navy has maintained a backbone of proven leaders and sailors who are not made. They are built! These are the toughest, most well trained sailors that have ever commanded. They are the leadership and experience of the US Navy! They are the goats!
Between crows, squids, alligators and goats the United States Navy has an arsenal of the most experienced, well trained and dangerous men and women that protect America across the word’s seas and oceans and man the finest and most powerful navy in the history of naval warfare!