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.

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US Ambassador to South Korea Attacked by Razor-Wielding Assailant

Injured U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, center, gets into a car to leave for a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Ju-Sung)

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a weapon with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert staring at his blood-covered left hand and holding his right hand over a cut ... more

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The amphibious dock landing ship Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Navy photo

PORTSMOUTH -- A Navy firefighter reported minor injuries after a fire aboard the amphibious dock landing ship Gunston Hall Tuesday afternoon. The fire occurred about 2 p.m., while the ship was undergoing maintenance at the NASSCO-Earl Industries Shipyard in Portsmouth. Initial reports indicate that the fire began in an unmanned storeroom below ... more

Casualties, Desertions Spike as Afghan Forces Take the Lead

Afghan National Army soldiers stage at a base in Wardak province, Afghanistan, as part of efforts to secure the second round of voting in the national presidential election in 2014. Josh Smith/Stars and Stripes

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Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth and CentCom Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 3, 2015. Rick Vasquez/Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON -- The general in charge of U.S. forces in the Middle East defended the Obama administration's war strategy Tuesday, telling House lawmakers that the Islamic State will be defeated without ground U.S. combat troops. Gen. Lloyd Austin said the Islamic extremist group is already losing the ability to govern and hold territory in Iraq a... more

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