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.

Ms. Vicki: Pregnant Daughter Abandoned by Sailor

Ms. Vicki

Dear Ms. Vicki, I am reaching out to you after reading a letter you answered from a Navy wife who was abandoned by her sailor husband. My daughter is in that same situation.  She is pregnant and due in November. Her husband is stationed in Virginia at the Oceana Naval Air Station. She is now here with me in Houston, Texas and he is still i... more

Mullah Omar's Death: Taliban's Loss, Islamic State's Gain

Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in their northern Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. AP/Raqqa Media Center

Mullah Omar's death poses an existential crisis for the Afghan Taliban, analysts say, potentially presaging a splintering of the movement as the Islamic State group gains a toehold among insurgents enthralled by its battlefield prowess. The group has suffered a string of recent defections to IS, with some insurgents voicing disaffection with th... more

US Intelligence: ISIS is No Weaker than a Year Ago Despite Bombing

Smoke and flames rise from an Islamic State fighters' position in the town of Kobani. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. The military campaign has prevented Iraq's collapse and put the Islamic State under increa... more

Admiral Says Carrier Gap in Persian Gulf Hinders War Effort

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Oct. 10, 2014, in the Persian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Stephens)

WASHINGTON -- A rare gap in the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf this fall could hinder military capabilities in the war against the Islamic State, the Obama administration's nominee to lead the Navy told the Senate Thursday. Adm. John Richardson conceded the effects of a two-month gap in carrier presence -- the first sin... more

Air Force Must be More Agile, General Says

KC-46A "Pegasus"

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE -- The Air Force will likely have fewer aircraft and less money in the future and will rely on a technological edge and "cross-domain solutions" in air, space and cyberspace to face demands in global hot spots, a top-ranking Wright-Patterson four-star general said Thursday. In an interview with this newspaper, Ai... more

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