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.

Does Increasing VA Disability Hurt Veteran Employment Rates?

Veteran contemplating at a table.

Despite an outpouring of support from private and public organizations, veteran unemployment still remains high. According to Time, post-9/11 veterans experienced a 7.2% unemployment rate in October of 2014 versus a national 5.8% rate and a general veteran unemployment rate of 4.5%. A recent study from Mark Duggan, an economics professor at ... more

How One Agent Overcame a Fear of Cold Calling to Find Success

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William J. Howery is a former Air Force Intelligence Officer. He retired in 2012 as a Lieutenant Colonel and began his career as an insurance agent with Physicians Mutual that same year. He has a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master of Business Administration from Norwich University. He is... more

Navy Deploys Drones Under Arctic Ice Ahead of Increased Ship Presence

A Coast Guard C-130 launches an ocean-current probe as part of a Navy study on Arctic Ocean. (Navy photo)

The Navy has deployed underwater drones beneath the ice in the Arctic Ocean to assess how quickly the ice is melting and understand how soon the U.S. and Russia will be competing for strategic waterways in the region. The drones are measuring the temperature and salt content to help scientists develop more accurate computer models with whic... more

North Korea Fires Missiles as US Military Exercise Begins

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third left, inspects his forces.

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the ocean Monday in an apparent response to the kickoff of the longest U.S.-South Korea annual military exercise. "North Korea launched two missiles that are being assumed short-range ballistic missiles, having a range of more than 490 kilometers [304 miles], in the direction to the East Sea from ... more

Afghan Army Takes on Taliban in First Solo Offensive

Afghans carry an injured boy at an emergency hospital in Helmand province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, in February 2015. The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban. Abdul Khaliq/AP

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops. Afghan troops have been slowly pushing up through a fertile river valley in the southern H... more

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