The officially recognized birthday of the U.S. Navy is Oct. 13, 1775. As of July 2015, the U.S. Navy is the largest and most powerful navy in the world. More » Government & Politics Military

Interesting facts about the Navy include that the firing of gun salutes occurs in odd numbers at five-second intervals, that Navy tattoos have special significance, that the Secretary of the Navy names the ships and that... More »

The Nimitz class aircraft carriers have been in operation since 1975, replacing the Enterprise class. The first nuclear powered submarine launched in 1954. The Navy has two Mercy class floating hospital ships to help wit... More » Government & Politics Military

The lowest commissioned officer rank in the U.S. Navy is Ensign, followed by Lieutenant Junior Grade, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander and Captain. The next ranks are Rear Admiral (lower half), Rear Admiral (u... More » Government & Politics Military

Examples of U.S. Navy warships include aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, frigates and submarines. Additional warships in the U.S. Navy include littoral combat ships and amphibious assault ships. Each ship is furth... More » Government & Politics Military

The U.S. Navy has a total of 26 possible ranks, ranging from seaman recruit to fleet admiral. While fleet admiral is the highest possible rank in the Navy, it exists during wartime only. The current highest rank as of 20... More » Government & Politics Military

The U.S. Navy maintains a war fleet composed of aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers, destroyers and submarines. Filling out the fleet are littoral combat ships designed for operations close to shore. More » Government & Politics Military