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.
The following is a listing of major events and discounts for Memorial Day Weekend. Check back frequently, as this list is updated. Memorial Day Discounts Blue Star Museums From May 21 through the rest of the year, thousands of museums are offering free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their ... more
Below are some upcoming events for National Military Apprecation Month 2013. Check back often, as we will continue to update this list as events are announced. If you know of an event that is not on the list, or are organizing one, let us know by contacting us through our Request Information page. May 27: National Memorial Day Parade This yea... more
Associated Press | May 23, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009 in Pakistan and Yemen. The disclosure to Congress comes on the eve of a major national security speech by President Barack Obama. In conducting U.S. counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida... more
Military.com | May 23, 2013
The Senate voted Wednesday unanimously to pass the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, which makes it a federal crime to misrepresent military heroics or wear medals and decorations that have not actually been awarded. The same bill passed with a 390-3 vote in the House on Monday and will now be sent to the White House, where President Obama is expected ... more
Military.com | May 23, 2013
House Republicans set up a protracted battle with Senate Democrats Wednesday over major reforms to the Uniform Code of Military Justice to deal with the rash of sexual assaults in the ranks. The House Subcommittee on Personnel unanimously approved to strip commanders of their current authority to overturn court martial verdicts but stopped shor... more