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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.

Marine Recon Tries New Detachment Concept

Marine Recon Sniper | Jul 30, 2014

MARSOC took four platoons and the whole Recon command structure from Force Recon, the part normally tasked by the Marine Expeditionary Force commander for high-level missions. MARSOC originally deployed with the MEU with MEU support but reported to the theater special operations command. That setup caused resentment in that Marines had the b... more

GAO: DoD Personnel With Tax Debt a Potential Risk

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Stars and Stripes | Jul 29, 2014

A vast number of Department of Defense personnel eligible for security clearance levels of secret or higher owed more than $730 million in back federal taxes as of June 30, 2012, according to a report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office. About 83,000 DOD military and civilian employees and contractors owe three-quarters of... more

Pentagon: F-22 Whistleblower Inquiry to Finish

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 | Jul 31, 2014

More than two years after a Hampton-based F-22 pilot's career stalled when he and a colleague spoke out about life-threatening problems with the Air Force's newest fighter jet, Pentagon investigators say they'll complete their investigation of his treatment in August. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner met Tuesday with officials of the Department of Defense... more

New Way to Get Mail Overseas Faster

military mail | Jul 31, 2014

Service members and their families can soon expect faster forwarding times on mail sent through the US Postal Service to APO addresses after they move. The Postal Service is revamping how address changes are filed and continuing its push to move all overseas personnel to a standardized address system -- a move that will save millions of dollars... more

Air Force: Stowaway Triggers Security Review

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Associated Press | Jul 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Air Force's top civilian and uniformed leaders said Wednesday the failure to prevent a teenager from stowing away aboard a military cargo plane, apparently while on an airfield in the African nation of Mali, was a serious security lapse. The boy's body was found and removed from the plane at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Sund... more

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