The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
The United States of America has seven federal uniformed services that commission officers as defined by Title 10, and subsequently structured and organized by Title 10, Title 14, Title 32 and Title 42 of the United States Code.
A navy or maritime force is a fleet of waterborne military vessels and its associated naval aviation, both sea-based and land-based.
Naval warfare is combat in and on the sea, the ocean, or any other major body of water such as a large lake or wide river.
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The U.S. Navy is the largest, most capable navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage.
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The U.S. Navy has the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with ten in service, two in the reserve fleet, and three new carriers under construction.
An aircraft carrier is a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft.
A reserve fleet is a collection of naval vessels of all types that are fully equipped for service but are not currently needed, and thus partially or fully decommissioned.
An aircraft is a machine that is able to fly by gaining support from the air.
The service has 328,194 personnel on active duty and 101,199 in the Navy Reserve.
It has 272 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 aircraft in active service as of February 2016.
The U.S. Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War and was effectively disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter.
The American Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence and the Revolutionary War in the United States, was the armed conflict between Great Britain and thirteen of its North American colonies, which had declared themselves the independent United States of America.
It played a major role in the American Civil War by blockading the Confederacy and seizing control of its rivers.
The American Civil War was a civil war in the United States fought from 1861 to 1865.
It played the central role in the World War II defeat of Imperial Japan.
World War I, also known as the First World War, or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier.
The 21st century U.S. Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in such areas as East Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.
It is a blue-water navy with the ability to project force onto the littoral regions of the world, engage in forward areas during peacetime, and rapidly respond to regional crises, making it an active player in U.S. foreign and defense policy.
A blue-water navy is a maritime force capable of operating across the deep waters of open oceans.
The Navy is administratively managed by the Department of the Navy, which is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Navy.
The United States Department of the Navy was established by an Act of Congress on April 30, 1798, to provide a government organizational structure to the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and, when directed by the President, the United States Coast Guard, as a service within the Navy, though each remain independent service branches.
The Secretary of the Navy is a statutory office and the head of the Department of the Navy, a military department within the Department of Defense of the United States of America.
The Department of the Navy is itself a division of the Department of Defense, which is headed by the Secretary of Defense.
The Chief of Naval Operations is a four-star admiral and the senior naval officer of the Department of the Navy.
However, the CNO may not be the highest ranking naval officer in the armed forces if the Chairman or the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are Navy officers, who by law, outrank the CNO.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff is a body of senior uniformed leaders in the United States Department of Defense who advise the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, the Homeland Security Council and the National Security Council on military matters.
The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is, by U.S. law, the second highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces ranking just below the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The chairman or chair is the highest officer of an organized group such as a board, a committee, or a deliberative assembly.