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.

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Which is worse: nightmares or no place to sleep? Army veteran Bobby Rico said he has experienced both. After serving for four years -- including 18 months in Iraq, he said -- Rico returned to the United States and worked in the oil fields of Oklahoma. The company began to falter, he said, so his workweek was reduced to two hours. He co... more

Iraqi Fighter Jet Drops Bomb Over Baghdad, Kills 12 People

Iraqi security forces search for survivors after a fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, July 6, 2015. Hadi Mizban/AP

BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said. The plane -- one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group -- was returning to base when the accident happened. Military spokesman, Br... more

Air Force Officer Ranks

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To Rename or Not? Institutions Reconsider Honors for Racists

This Feb. 2, 2007, file photo shows Calhoun College, one of the 12 residential colleges housing Yale undergraduates. There's push to strip the name of John C. Calhoun, a white supremacist, from the building at Yale University. Bob Child/AP

HARTFORD, Conn.  -- The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy. The June 17 slaying of nine black worshippers led to calls to curb displays of the Confederate flag ... more

Veterans Partner to Raise Funds for Veterans' Causes

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