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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.

Survey: VA Health Care Works Once Vets Get Seen

VA plaque

Military.com | Jul 24, 2014

A survey of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans finds that most who are receiving mental health care are "overwhelmingly satisfied" with the care, no matter if it's from the Department of Veterans Affairs or an outside provider. The finding is included in the 2014 survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America released on Thursday during a... more

Democrats Stand by Senator Amid Plagiarism Claim

Sen. John Walsh

Associated Press | Jul 24, 2014

HELENA, Mont.  — Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on post-Iraq war trauma. The apparent plagiarism first reported by The New York Times on Wednesday was the second potentially damagin... more

Iraq: Attack on Prisoner Convoy Kills 60 People

Iraq Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

Associated Press | Jul 24, 2014

BAGHDAD  — Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq's instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Baghdad earlier Thursday, urging lawmakers to "find... more

Panel: US Missed Chances to Head Off Islamic State

fighters from ISIL

Stars and Stripes | Jul 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration missed key opportunities over the past six months to beat back the Islamic State assault on Iraq with targeted drone strikes, lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Wednesday. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., committee chairman, said he and others in the State Department urged U.S. strikes on the al-... more

Gaza Fighting Rages as US Pushes for Cease-fire

Israeli Blackhawk

Associated Press | Jul 24, 2014

GAZA, Palestine - Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire. The 16-day conflict has claimed the lives of 718 Palestinians, most of them civilians, Palestinian health officials say. Israel ... more

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