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Naval Air Station Jacksonville celebrates 80th anniversary

The Navy base known for being the birthplace of the world famous Blue Angels was installed Oct. 15, 1940.
Credit: NAS Jacksonville
This photo was taken Oct. 15, 1940 as NAS Jacksonville's first base Skipper, Capt. Charles P. Mason raised his pennant.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Naval Air Station Jacksonville is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the naval base Thursday, Oct. 15.

The base, which is known for being the birthplace of the Navy's Blue Angels, was established Oct. 15, 1940. The base's first skipper, Capt. Charles P. Mason, commissioned the installation.

NAS Jax shared the excitement over its 80th anniversary celebration with a Facebook post saying "We want to thank all the talented men and women who have served loyally aboard our base. We will continue serving the Fleet for the next 80 years!"

Navy Band Southeast performed a video rendition of "The Aviators" by John Philip Sousa to celebrate the anniversary. Click here to watch!