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US Navy SEALs

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.

McDonald Must Clean House at VA, Experts Say

Robert McDonald

Stars and Stripes | Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Bob McDonald, President Barack Obama’s pick to head up the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, faces such a hidebound bureaucracy that experts say the way forward is clear: He must clean house. “McDonald has to walk in and kind of dismantle all of those structures that would keep the culture in the same place,” according to To... more

Professor Aims to Resume Research on Pot and PTSD

Associated Press | Jul 22, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — Veterans, medical marijuana activists and scientists welcomed the first federally approved research into pot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. But their hopes for the research were dashed when the University of Arizona fired researcher Suzanne Sisley, who undertook the study after clearing four years of bureaucr... more

Egypt Calls for Israeli, Palestinian Peace Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo. (AP photo)

Associated Press | Jul 22, 2014

CAIRO  — Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip. At the start of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said he planned to work with U... more

Army Intelligence System Pulled from Key Test

Gen. John Campbell

Associated Press | Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system. The decision, laid out in a July 15 memorandum obtained by The Associated Press, stands in contrast to the Army's upbeat public statements about the Distribute... more

Vital Evidence Feared Withheld by Ukraine's Rebels

Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov, head of main operational department of Russian military's General Staff, left, speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP photo)

Associated Press | Jul 22, 2014

LONDON  — "What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner. The answer is: potentially a lot. Aviation and defense experts say the victims' bodies could contain missile shrapnel. Chemical residue on the plane could c... more

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