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The U.S. Navy was founded on October 13, 1775, with the Department of the Navy established in 1798. The Navy’s mission is to “maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas,” and it does so with warfare specialities that include aviation, surface warfare, nuclear submarines, special forces and support services.

There are approximately 341,000 sailors serving actively in the U.S. Navy today with an additional 59,000 reserve personnel.

Find the latest news and information on the U.S. Navy including top stories, technology, policies, leadership, and more.

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Navy Christens Massive Ship Bearing Name of Legendary Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren

Earl Warren, the late Supreme Court Chief Justice who presided over society-shaking civil rights changes in the 1950s and 60s, including ending racial segregation in public schools, was honored Saturday in San Diego by the Navy which christened a 746-foot fuel ship in his name. The act was carried out with a hearty swing of a champagne bottle in front of a private audience of 300

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US Supreme Court Rejects Veteran’s Challenge to Disability Claims Filing Deadline

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected a veteran’s argument that his disability compensation should have been made retroactive to his date of discharge because his condition rendered him incapable of filing a claim within the required one-year window after leaving military service. In a 9-0 opinion announced Monday, the justices rejected the arguments of Navy veteran Adolfo Arellano, saying that

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This Week’s Top Military Photos: Rocket’s White Glare, and ‘Birds’ Floating in the Air

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It holds a GPS III payload meant to “deliver sustained, reliable GPS capabilities to America’s warfighters, our allies, and civil users,” according to the Department of Defense. (Senior Airman Thomas Sjoberg/U.S. Air Force) Related: Have Soldiers Forgotten How to Use a Map and Compass? Two MV-22 Ospreys fly in formation

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Former SEAL Dies in Ukraine; 6th Known American Killed in War

A former member of the U.S. special forces was killed this week in Ukraine, American officials said Friday. They said he was not fighting in an official capacity. Daniel W. Swift is a former member of the Navy SEALs who is listed in official records as having deserted since March 2019. The Navy did not provide further information about his

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Senator, Navy Secretary Say Sailors Need More Mental Health Help

Navy leaders as well as congressional representatives are vowing to address the service’s persistent mental health problems, which have been punctuated by a recent suicide crisis, after a tour of a facility where four sailors died by suicide in just over a month. Lawmakers are pointing to a 2021 law that was meant to provide help and asking why it

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Federal Court Executive Sidesteps Queries About ‘Fat Leonard’ Escape

Federal court administrators have conducted a “review” of some of the circumstances behind the escape of Leonard Francis last September from a luxury home detention setup in San Diego but declined to provide additional details about the stunning breakout to a Republican senator. A Dec. 19 letter to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley from U.S. District Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf, who also serves as the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts,

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Navy Swats ‘Wokeness’ Claims in Bid to Reach Older Americans Who Could Influence Recruiting

As Navy leaders left another conference behind, one thing that emerged from the Surface Navy Association panels and discussions this week was an emphasis on the strength and capability of sailors — a shift that seems part of an effort to boost recruiting and push back against a growing political narrative. The service and other military branches have become “woke.”

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Russia Releases US Navy Veteran Who Crossed Border

WASHINGTON  — Russia has released a U.S. Navy veteran who apparently illegally crossed the border from Poland into the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad last year and was held there for nine months. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced that Taylor Dudley had been handed over to U.S. custody in Poland on Thursday. The State Department had no immediate substantive

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