The mission of the U.S. Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

The U.S. Navy was founded on October 13, 1775, and the Department of the Navy was established on April 30, 1798. The Department of the Navy has three principal components: The Navy Department, consisting of executive offices mostly in Washington, D.C.; the operating forces, including the Marine Corps, the reserve components, and, in time of war, the U.S. Coast Guard (in peace, a component of the Department of Homeland Security); and the shore establishment.

The U.S. Navy fleet is comprised of aircraft carriers that allow the mobile projection of naval air power across the globe, amphibious Assault Ships that deploy and support U.S. ground forces in remote locations, cruisers that are capable of engaging multiple simultaneous targets and employed in force support or independent action, destroyers that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capability, independently or in fleet support, and submarines for underwater operations and designed to carry out research, rescue, or specific wartime missions.

The Navy also has a large inventory of aircraft of all types to support the mission.

There are approximately 318,000 sailors serving on ships and installations across the world today.

Cancer Connection? Guantanamo Lawyers Anxious about Ill Colleagues

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Nearly two weeks after a former Guantánamo attorney asked the Inspector General's Office at the Pentagon to investigate whether the war court compound at the remote base was linked to seven cases of cancer, a base spokeswoman said Monday that the Navy was aware of the issue and looking into it. "The Department of Defense is aware of concerns ... more

Coast Guard Offers Hope of Finding Missing Teens Alive

This combination made from photos provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, both 14 years old. Cohen and Stephanos were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in the Jupiter, Fla. area. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

JUPITER, Fla. -- More than three days after two 14-year-old boys disappeared on what was supposed to be a routine fishing trip, Coast Guard officials offered hope the teenagers could be found alive. "People can survive in the water. It's relatively warm," Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said Monday. "But it's a dangerous environment, and there is ... more

Helicopter a Highlight of Coast Guard Festival Picnic


FERRYSBURG -- Cold drinks were a hot seller at the annual Coast Guard Festival community picnic Sunday as the temperature simmered in the mid-80s. "It went amazingly well," despite the heat, said Ferrysburg City Council member Regina Sjoberg, coordinator of the event held at the City's Coast Guard Park. "I believe we had a very good turnout."... more

Coast Guard Aids in Drug Raid that Netted Heroin and Meth

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Four people were arrested in Kodiak early Sunday morning after home raids in which drugs with an estimated street value of $74,000 were seized, police said. Kodiak police with support from the FBI and U.S. Coast Guard investigations served search warrants on three residences on Sunday, according to a statement from the Kodiak Police Department.... more

Current and Past SOCOM Commanders Split on Women in Combat

U.S. Army Soldiers use teamwork to scale an obstacle during the Ranger Course on Fort Benning, Ga., April 21, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional skills in a challenging environment. (U.S. Army/Pfc. Antonio Lewis/Released)

The current and former heads of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) split last week on lifting the restrictions on women in combat in special operations and throughout the military. Army Gen. James Votel, who has led SOCOM since last August, backed the policy of the Obama administration and the Pentagon in stating that women who can meet th... more

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