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.

No Women Pass Army Ranger School, Three Invited to Start Over

U.S. Army Soldiers conduct combatives training during the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning, GA., April 20, 2015. Soldiers attend Ranger school to learn additional leadership and small unit technical skills. (U.S. Army/Pfc. Antonio Lewis/Released)

It has been a hard road for women in Army Ranger School. All of the female volunteers have failed on their second attempt to pass the first phase of the traditionally, all-male infantry course, the Army announced Friday night. The Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade held its first co-ed course of Army Ranger School on April 20 at Fort Benning,... more

US Central Command Says Iraqis Making Progress Against ISIS

Iraqi soldier

U.S. Central Command gave another upbeat assessment Friday of the situation in Iraq despite the fall of Ramadi to ISIS and increasing suicide attacks in Baghdad. "We do assess ISIL (another acronym for ISIS) is on the defensive compared to where they were a year ago," said Air Force Col. Pat Ryder, chief CentCom spokesman. "If you look at the b... more

Carter: US to 'Fine Tune' Iraq Strategy in Light of Ramadi Debacle

Iraqi Security forces deploy after clashes with militants in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Army)

SINGAPORE — U.S. military leaders are searching for ways to bolster the Iraqi forces following the Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi earlier this month, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday, highlighting the importance of training and equipping the Sunni tribal militias. It's an effort that has repeatedly failed to take hold amid se... more

Kurdish Fighters in Syria on the March Against ISIS

Kurdish fighters of the YPG stand on their vehicles on their way to battle against the Islamic State, near Kezwan mountain, northeast Syria. (The Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units via AP)

BEIRUT — In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes. As the Kurds close in on Tel Abyad, a major commercial center on the Turkish border, their advance hi... more

McCain Says US Should Allow Sale of Defensive Weapons to Vietnam

Senator John McCain

SINGAPORE — America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea. But U.S. efforts so far are focused on delivering some of the limited maritime weapons allowed under last fall's ... more

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