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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.

Pilot Sidelined after Criticizing F-22 System

Raptor Hard Turn

 | Apr 20, 2014

The Air Force has spent tens of millions of dollars over the past two years correcting problems with its premier jet fighter -- issues that Capt. Joshua Wilson helped expose by speaking up, both to his bosses and on national television. Since then, Wilson's career as an F-22 Raptor pilot has stalled. A member of the Virginia Air National Guard'... more

Early Retirement Benefits for Marine Reserve SSGs

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Marine Corps News | Apr 19, 2014

NEW ORLEANS -- Marine administrative message 138/14 announced that within fiscal year 2015, the Marine Corps is authorized to offer voluntary retirement at a reduced monthly retainer-pay rate to Reserve-component staff sergeants. The Marine Corps Active Reserve Enlisted Temporary Early Retirement Authority Program gives early retirement benefit... more

Army Supporting Prayer Day Despite Protest

Stars and Stripes | Apr 19, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Army plans to support a National Day of Prayer event closely associated with an evangelical Christian organization despite a protest from a group that wants to crack down on what it calls fundamentalist Christian domination of the U.S. military.   In a letter Thursday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Mikey Weinstein, preside... more

Vet Receives Body Armor that Saved His Life

 | Apr 19, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine -- Three years ago this month, Jackman native Timothy Gilboe stared into the eyes of a Taliban soldier in Afghanistan, grabbed the barrel of the enemy's AK-47 assault rifle to his chest, and thought, "This is really going to hurt." Gilboe's squad had been attacked by two Taliban soldiers near a small village in Afghanistan's Mai... more

Man Behind Torture Techniques Defends His Role

 | Apr 19, 2014

The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. In an uncompromising and wide-ranging interview, his first since he was publicly linked to the program in 2007, James M... more

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