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.

7 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft During a Move

Movers at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, load up a truck with household goods. Jose Ramirez/Air Force

Moving to a new home isn't easy, requiring a lot of planning, packing and patience. On top of that, as all of your personal information is transported from one place to another, you're particularly vulnerable to identity theft. Some identity thieves target those on the move, so it's a particularly important time to keep your guard up and protec... more

Army Creating Cyber Units With Soldiers, Civilians

A soldier with the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade assesses weapons systems for Team Kobayashi Maru May 19, 2015, during the 780th's Cyber Development and Mentorship exercise at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Army photo

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Army is looking for soldiers and civilians to serve in new cyber units charged with protecting critical stateside infrastructure and creating "effects" on the battlefield in support of conventional forces. The challenge: Attracting the creative, energetic talent typically drawn to the freewheeling tech sector. Army... more

Japan Seeks Biggest Ever Defense Budget Amid China Concerns

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Thursday, May 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China. The ministry endorsed a 5.1 trillion yen ($42 billion) budget request Monday for the year beginning next April, up 2.2 pe... more

KC-46A: Big Airplane Delayed by a Few Big Problems


Delays with development of a new Air Force tanker scheduled to be based and serviced in Oklahoma are causing turbulence at the Pentagon, but local leaders say they're not too worried about a project that is expected to pump millions of dollars into their economies. Both Tinker Air Force Base and Altus Air Force Base will serve important roles i... more

Afghan Airfields Built for War Seen as Economic Hubs

A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter lands at the NATO air field next to Kabul international airport in Afghanistan on Aug. 17, 2015. Rahmat Gul/AP

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism. The eight airfields, ... more

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