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.
The man told staffers he would "carve your (expletive) heart out."
Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Matthew O'Connor received the Silver Star at a Naval Base Point Loma ceremony.
A huge cache of Iranian-made arms bound for Yemeni rebels was seized by the cruiser Normandy.
Sudan's transitional government said it has reached a settlement with families of the victims of the attack on USS Cole.
Lawmakers are hitting back against the Navy's plans to cut shipbuilding over the next several years.
As Japanese Zeros rained death and destruction around them at Pearl Harbor, the USS Nevada's military band played on.