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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.

'Dilution' Not an Option for Fuel Spill

 | Apr 18, 2014

Air Force officials this week backed away from including a proposal that Albuquerque's water utility simply dilute contaminated water and deliver it to customers as one of the options if toxic chemicals from a massive Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill ever reach municipal drinking water wells. The dilution proposal, one of several water supply... more

Air Force Athletics to Cut 21 Positions

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Colorado Springs Gazette | Apr 18, 2014

The Air Force athletic department informed 21 individuals on Wednesday and Thursday that their positions will be eliminated as part of the Air Force-wide budget cuts announced in early March. The cuts include nine assistant coaches, four from the physical education department, two trainers, one equipment specialist and one from the sports infor... more

Tips for Making the Most of Your Tax Refund

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Gail Cunningham

Although tax season is often the most dreaded time of year, many consumers actually look forward to getting what's owed to them, particularly since in recent years the average federal income tax refund has been in the $3,000 range. Once the refund is received, the question becomes one of how to responsibly use the money. Consumers should ... more

C-130s Take Part in 'Elephant Walk'

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Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Apr 18, 2014

It's a rare sight to see eight C-130 cargo planes in a line lumbering their way around Pope Field's flightline. Rarer still, is when those planes take off and return to drop dozens of static-line and high-altitude, low-opening (HALO) paratroopers back onto the tarmac. "This never happens," 82nd Airborne Division Sgt. Tory Hoskins said. In... more

Does the Corps Make Him Carry Condoms?

Ms. Vicki

Ms. Vicki

Dear Ms. Vicki, My husband swears that the Marine Corps makes him carry condoms when he is deployed. We have had several issues, and I believe that my husband is unfaithful to me. He swears that he is not. I think I know the answer to my question, but felt after 20 years together he at least deserves for me to ask before I walk away. So, ... more

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