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.

Medal Honors Guardsman for Saving Woman's Life

The U.S. Air Force medal ceremony honoring Tech Sgt. Shawn Rucker lasted far longer and caused Rucker more prolonged anxiety than what he endured on the night he saved Nancy Shatley's life. Even so, Rucker, looking a little embarrassed in his dress blues, managed one more act of generosity to the Shatley family on Monday. Rucker two years ago ... more

Double 'Wet Willy' Lands Airman in Jail


MANKATO -- Giving a stranger a wet Willy could get you an annoying look, a profanity riddled verbal response or even a punch in the nose. When that stranger is a police officer on duty, it turns out it's a crime -- a crime that a Mankato officer thought was more than an extra gross misdemeanor. He responded to the wet pokes to his ears by hauli... more

Langley Airmen Return from Deployment to West Africa

HAMPTON -- Airmen assigned to the 633rd Medical Group at Langley Air Force Base arrived home Oct. 20 after delivering and setting up a 25-bed deployable hospital facility in West Africa. The facility was the first of its kind erected as part of the U.S. efforts to provide humanitarian relief operations in Ebola-stricken countries, according to ... more

Leadership Dysfunction Threatens New JPAC Command, DoD IG Finds

WASHINGTON — Poor leadership and a hostile work environment could continue to hinder efforts to recover the remains of missing troops despite a complete overhaul planned by the Department of Defense, according to an audit released Friday. The DoD inspector general found that the issues have damaged morale in the MIA/POW accounting community for... more

More US Troops Arriving in West Africa for Ebola Fight

Air Force C-17 Globemaster III

WASHINGTON — More U.S. troops are arriving in West Africa to help fight an Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 4,500 lives, but the rainy season is causing a delay, the Pentagon announced Monday. Slightly more than 500 servicemembers are now in Liberia to build treatment centers and provide logistical support. Another 115 are in Dakar, Se... more

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