18 Facts About United States Navy

1. United States Navy is the maritime service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the eight uniformed services of the United States.

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2. The United States Navy emerged from World War II as the most powerful navy in the world.

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3. The 21st century United States Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in strength in such areas as the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean.

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4. The Department of the United States Navy is headed by the civilian Secretary of the United States Navy.

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5. United States Navy was rooted in the colonial seafaring tradition, which produced a large community of sailors, captains, and shipbuilders.

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6. The Continental United States Navy achieved mixed results; it was successful in a number of engagements and raided many British merchant vessels, but it lost twenty-four of its vessels and at one point was reduced to two in active service.

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7. From 1801 to 1805, in the First Barbary War, the US United States Navy defended US ships from the Barbary pirates, blockaded the Barbary ports and executed attacks against the Barbary' fleets.

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8. US United States Navy saw substantial action in the War of 1812, where it was victorious in eleven single-ship duels with the Royal United States Navy.

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9. The strength of the United States Navy grew under an ambitious ship building program associated with the Naval Act of 1916.

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10. The US United States Navy participated in many significant battles, including the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, the Solomon Islands Campaign, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the Battle of Okinawa.

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11. At its peak, the US United States Navy was operating 6,768 ships on V-J Day in August 1945.

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12. In 2007, the US United States Navy joined with the US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard to adopt a new maritime strategy called A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower that raises the notion of prevention of war to the same philosophical level as the conduct of war.

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13. Insignia and badges of the United States Navy are military "badges" issued by the US Department of the Navy to naval service members who achieve certain qualifications and accomplishments while serving on both active and reserve duty in the United States Navy.

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14. Size, complexity, and international presence of the United States Navy requires a large number of navy installations to support its operations.

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15. In March 2014, the United States Navy started counting self-deployable support ships such as minesweepers, surveillance craft, and tugs in the "battle fleet" in order to reach a count of 272 as of October 2016, and it includes ships that have been put in "shrink wrap".

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16. United States Navy's serves as a tribute to the heritage of the Navy, and occasionally sails for commemorative events such as Independence Day and various victories during the War of 1812.

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17. The primary missions of attack and guided missile submarines in the US United States Navy are peacetime engagement, surveillance and intelligence, special operations, precision strikes, and control of the seas.

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18. Some notable former members of the United States Navy include US Senators, Bob Kerrey, John McCain, and John Kerry, along with Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, and Jesse Ventura, Governor of Minnesota.

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