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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Whether it's dining at a five-star restaurant, driving a new sports car or springing for an exotic vacation, we've all been tempted to spend more than we can afford simply to impress a significant other. Or maybe you're just trying to keep up with the Joneses. Either way, it's OK to splurge once in a while. "But faking that you're in a better... more

Sen. Rubio Wants to Give VA Secretary More Authority to Fire Workers

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is greeted by Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas Jr., commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, on the quarterdeck of the flagship USS Blue Ridge, Jan. 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Karsten)

Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has filed legislation to make it easier for Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to fire workers and lengthen new workers' probationary period from a year to 18 months. Rubio filed the bill on April 23, the same date that House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, another F... more

Maryland National Guard Activated in Response to Baltimore Riot

Baltimore police officers push back demonstrators who are throwing rocks at the police, after the funeral of Freddie Gray, Monday, April 27, 2015, at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to respond to the riots in Baltimore city on the day of Freddie Gray's funeral -- the man who died after he was taken into custody by Baltimore police April 19. Groups gathered across Baltimore city in the morning as protestors have lashed out a... more

American Civil War Commemorated Way Down South of Dixie

Descendants of American Southerners wearing Confederate-era uniforms pose for pictures as they attend a party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War in Santa Barbara d'Oeste, Brazil, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SANTA BARBARA D'OESTE, Brazil — It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbeque and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps. But Sunday's party m... more

Baltimore Riot: National Guard Called In, Curfew Imposed, Arrests Made

An officer stands near a blaze, Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

BALTIMORE -- National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody. The violence that started in West Baltimore on Monday... more

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