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.

Transition Without Fighting: Handling Your Emotions

Sgt. 1st Class Danny Licciardi and his wife Charlene. (Photo Credit: Rick Scavetta, IMCOM)

Just like you can count on Murphy's Law to go into effect the minute your loved one deploys, there are a few universal truths we have found that apply to all spouses during transition:  1.) It is really hard.  2.) It is easy to make mistakes. 3.) A lot of the work falls to you.  It is the first one that really gets you. "For a while there, ... more

Report: Bullying, Abuse Contributed to Sailor's Suicide

guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams

A sailor's suicide on board the Norfolk-based destroyer James E. Williams in June can be blamed in part on a toxic command climate that involved bullying and reprisal, a command investigation has found. The investigation was spurred by the death of the sailor but grew in scope when investigators began examining the ship's leadership. What they ... more

Pakistani Military Chief Visits Kabul to Coordinate Massacre Response

A Pakistani girl, who was injured in a Taliban attack in a school, is rushed to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

KABUL, Afghanistan — Pakistan's top army officer made an unscheduled visit to Kabul Wednesday to discuss potential military responses to the bloody attack by Pakistani militants on a school in Peshawar. Pakistani Chief of Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif held emergency meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his top national security ad... more

Military’s Equal Opportunity Chief Under Investigation

Morris Turner

Just six months after being installed as the head of the Defense Departments' equal opportunity programs, an Army colonel has been temporarily reassigned pending an investigation into alleged misconduct. The complaint against Army Col. Morris "Reese" Turner alleges "inappropriate touching," according to Military Times, which first reported t... more

Air Force Chaplain Chosen to Become Catholic Bishop

U.S. Air Force Maj. Chad Zielinski, 354th Fighter Wing Catholic chaplain, preaches during Sunday Mass at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, June 29, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford)

FAIRBANKS -- When the command post at Eielson Air Force Base summons an Air Force chaplain, it's almost always a crisis that requires immediate attention. After the phone rang at 6:15 a.m. that Saturday morning in November, the Rev. Chad Zielinski, 50, thought it was not an emergency, but a big mistake. In this case, the caller, perhaps not fu... more

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