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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.

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Domicile Residence and Travel Restrictions


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Small Business Myths Debunked

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The small business world is fraught with uncertainty and rumors. Two of the biggest misconceptions are that the federal government provides grants to new entrepreneurs, and that you can work whenever you want when you have your own business (we'll debunk these later). If you think you're ready to start your own small business and keep it afloat ... more

Financial Planning for Survivors

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The loss of a loved one is difficult - the time after such a loss, even more so. Waves of denial, great sadness, anger, and depression can come and go for months. To make matters worse, this time is typically encumbered by the significant number of decisions required to address your loved one's affairs. The decisions are many and the consequence... more

Protecting Your Retirement

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First the bad news: As an older investor you are a top target for con artists. The files of state securities agencies are filled with tragic examples of senior investors who have been cheated out of savings, windfall insurance payments, and even the equity in their own homes. Now the good news: You can avoid becoming a victim by following... more

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