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.

Gambling Nuclear Commander Linked to Fake Poker Chips

Navy Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina, the former U.S. Strategic Command deputy commander, listens to a presentation from an Air Force missileer about operations in a launch control center of a missile alert facility. (U.S. Air Force photo)

WASHINGTON -- The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press. Although Rear Adm... more

Obama Broadens Mission to Allow US Troops to Engage Taliban Fighters

U.S. troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say. The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama br... more

Military Pay Allotments

Pay bills

Update: Service members will soon be blocked from setting up new paycheck allotments for personal property, Defense Department officials have announced. The change, which officials said is designed to protect troops from "unscrupulous commercial lenders," will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, according to the military announcement. "This will signif... more

Hit the Ski Slopes with Military Discounts


There’s no better way to stay active and have fun during the cold winter months than to grab your skis and hit the slopes. But before you book your next ski getaway, make sure you check out the great military discounts you can use for all your skiing needs, including lift tickets at resorts, lodging, clothes and gear. Resorts Alpine Meadows in... more

U.S. Provides Emergency Airlift of Winter Supplies to Northern Iraq

Iraq Shiite fighters make their way to the front line to fight militants from the extremist Islamic State group in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug 18, 2014. (AP Photo/ Hadi MIzban)

SANAA, Yemen -- Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Friday denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and for aggressively seeking to expand its area of influence. The al-Qaida Yemeni offshoot's purported spiritual guide, Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari, said such expansionist intentions are "driving a ... more

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