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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.

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Appeals Process for Veterans' Claims Uncertain

In its current condition, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims can handle its caseload. But a judge on that court with close ties to The American Legion told Legionnaires at the 96th Annual National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., that things are changing. Past National Commander Alan Lance, Sr., a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for... more

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a news conference after meeting with Swiss Federal President Didier Burkhalter in the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)

Putin Urges Release of Ukrainian Soldiers

MOSCOW -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine. Putin's statement came several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers accused Moscow of lying... more

Troops and vehicles move along a staging area on Camp Humphreys, South Korea, during Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014. Jae Hyung/U.S. Army

US, SKorea Quietly End Ulchi Freedom Guardian

SEOUL -- The biggest U.S.-South Korea war games ended Thursday as they began, with little fanfare, in what may have been an attempt by the allies to avoid provoking North Korea. Approximately 50,000 South Korean troops and 30,000 U.S. troops -- about 3,000 of whom were brought in from outside the peninsula -- took part in this year's Ulchi Free... more

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Magazine Promotes Jihadism, Names AFA as Target

An English-language al-Qaida magazine promoting jihadism and "lone-wolf" terrorists attacks lists the United States Air Force Academy as a potential terrorism target. The online magazine, produced by al-Malahem, al-Qaida's Arabian Peninsula media division, also calls for the liberation of Palestine and lists other U.S. targets, including casino... more

A team at the mobile command center in Deerfield, Va., walks away from a helicopter being used in a search and rescue mission to locate the missing pilot of an F-15C fighter jet August 27, 2014. Mike Tripp/The Staunton News Leader via AP

Pilot Was Killed in Virginia F-15 Crash

DEERFIELD, Va. -- The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers. Col. James Keefe announced the news at the Massachusetts Air National Gu... more

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