United States Navy, maritime military force of the United States, under the Department of the Navy. The U.S. Navy is headed by the civilian secretary of the navy, a subcabinet official, and operates under the secretary of defense. The navy includes personnel, ships, aircraft, and shore bases as well as the United States Marine Corps. The United States Coast Guard, usually under the Department of Transportation, is assigned to the navy in times of national emergency. The

The US Navy is the greatest organization I was ever associated with. It was also the most infuriating organization I was ever associated with. I was nurtured in its bosom, and my ego was battered relentlessly. My greatest triumphs and most egregious failures came while I wore a Navy uniform. While in the Navy I met people I would not piss on if they were on fire. I also met people I am still in touch with fifteen years after we last saw each other in person.

I know that my Navy is not unique in being a contradictory mix of the noble and the profane. It is dispiriting and inspiring. Part incredible intelligence, also stupefying idiocy. When all is said and done, I think the Navy is distilled, concentrated America, in all its glory and folly. And I am glad to have been a part of it.

porkus, you should be down to less than two years now. Did they lie to you? I don't know. Did you get it in writing?

BT1(SW) Samuel C. Hunt, USN (ret)

This is a list of topics, all about the United States Navy.

Navy History

Forty-One For Freedom
United States Navy manpower
Naming traditions of United States Navy submarines
Allied ships present in Tokyo Bay for Japan's Surrender
John McCain's Forrestal Lecture Series Remarks at the U.S. Naval Academy

Navy Bases and Locations

National Naval Medical Center - Bethesda, MD
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Yokosuka, Japan Great Lakes, IL
Groton, CN
San Diego, CA
Lemoore, CA
Jacksonville, FL
Key West, FL
Pensacola, FL
Kings Bay, GA
Pearl Harbor, HI
Annapolis, MD
Patuxent River, MD
Brunswick, ME
Gulfport, MS
Meridian, MS
Pascagoula, MS
Fallon, NV
Corpus Christi, TX
Everett, WA
Bangor, WA
Norfolk, VA

General Information


Navy Hymn
Anchors Aweigh
Navy Cross
United States Naval Academy
Naval Nuclear Reactor Operator
Secretary of the Navy
Navy Seabees
Navy SEALs


US Navy pennant number prefixes
The US Navy Designation System
US Navy Jargon - a Selective Glossary


Monitor and Merrimack
Battle of Leyte Gulf - Marianas Turkey Shoot
The Battle of the Philippine Sea
The Battle of Midway
Chronology of U.S. Navy Involvement in the Persian Gulf War
The Enterprise Incident

Noteworthy People

John Paul Jones
George Bancroft
Hyman Rickover
James V. Forrestal
Chester Nimitz
CAPT William M. Callaghan, USN
John McCain

Noteworthy Ships

  • USS Constitution - Old Ironsides
  • CSS Hunley
  • USS Johnston
  • USS Wahoo (SS-238)
  • USS Squalus (SS-192)
  • USS Triton (SS-201)/(SSN-586)
  • USS Missouri
  • USS Arizona
  • USS Cole (DDG-67)
  • USS Stark (FFG-31)
  • USS Enterprise
  • USS Vincennes

    Ship Classes

    World War II Era
  • Gato Class Submarine (SS)
  • Balao Class Submarine (SS)
  • Trench Class Submarine (SS)
    S-type submarine (SS)

  • Des Moines Class Cruiser
  • Fletcher Class Destroyer (DD)
  • Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer (DD)
  • Gearing Class Destroyer (DD)

  • Iowa Class Battleship (BB)
  • South Dakota Class Battleship (BB)
  • North Dakota Class Battleship (BB)

  • Essex Class Aircraft Carrier (CV)

    Modern Era
  • Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missle Frigate (FFG)
  • Spruance Class Destroyer (DD)
  • Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer - (DDG)
  • Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser (CG)

  • Nautilus Class Nuclear Submarine (SSN)
  • Benjamin Franklin Class Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN)
  • Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN)
  • Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine (SSN)
  • Seawolf Class Attack Submarine (SSN)
  • Virginia Class Attack Submarine (SSN)

  • Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD)
  • Tarawa Class Amphibious Assault Ship (LHA)

  • Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier (CVN)
  • Nimitz-class Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN)
  • Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier (CVN)

    One of a Kind Ships
  • USS John F. Kennedy (CVN)
  • USS Enterprise (CVN)


    World War II Era
  • PBY Catalina
  • F4F Wildcat
  • F6F Hellcat
  • F4U Corsair
  • F2H Banshee
  • SBD-5 Dauntless
  • SB2C-5 Helldiver
  • TBD Devastator
  • TBF Avenger

    Korean War Era
  • F3D Skyknight
  • F7F Tigercat
  • F9F Panther
  • AD-5 Skyraider
  • A-3 Skywarrior

    Vietnam War Era
  • F-4 Phantom
  • F-8 Crusader
  • A-6 Intruder

    Modern Era
  • C-130 Hercules
  • P-3C Orion
  • E-2C Hawkeye
  • E-6A Mercury
  • EA-6B Prowler
  • S-3B Viking
  • F-14 Tomcat
  • F/A-18 Hornet

    For Fun

    New Aircraft Carrier to run Win2K, Catch Fire, Sink
    American Old Navy discipline
    Fun ways to annoy your Chief in the US Navy

    /msg me if you have anything you think should be added to this!
  • A lot of good information is available on the Navys of the world in general and the U.S. specifically here on Everything2. I will focus on some of the organization here, to cut on redundancy.

    "In the Navy"

    Mission Statement of the Navy

    The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.


    The U.S. Navy was founded on October 13, 1775, and the Department of the Navy was April 30, 1798.

    High Level Organization of the U.S. Navy

                 Secretary of the Navy
           |                                 |
    Chief of Naval Operations          Commandant of the Marine Corps
               |                                      |
               |                            Marine Operating Forces
               |--------------------                .
               |                   |         mutual support
    Naval Shore Establishment      |         .   
                             Naval Operating Forces

    During wartime, the U.S. Coast Guard becomes part of the Navy, during peacetime, it is part of the Department of Transportation.

    You may see the Marines listed up there because the Marines get their paychecks courtesy of The Department of the Navy. This may be part of the cause of some animosity between the branches of the military.

    Naval Operations Jurisdiction

    Once you get down the ranks a little bit, you come across the Chief of Naval Operations or the CNO. The CNO is a Four Star Admiral. Under the CNO is a massive bureaucracy known as the Naval Shore Establishment.

    Under the CNO, in the Naval Operating Forces department, is the Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Under these are split into three parts per Ocean: Submarine Command, Surface Fleet, and Airborn.

    Rank in the U.S. Navy.


    1. Seaman Recruit
    2. Seaman Apprentice
    3. Seaman
    4. Petty Officer Third Class
    5. Petty Officer Second Class
    6. Petty Officer First Class
    7. Chief Petty Officer
    8. Senior Chief Petty Officer
    9. Master Chief Petty Officer
    10. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

    There are four levels of Warrant Officers.

    1. Warrant Officer (W-1) (Obsolete)
    2. Chief Warrant Officer (W-2)
    3. Chief Warrant Officer (W-3)
    4. Chief Warrant Officer (W-4)


    1. Ensign
    2. Lieutenant, Junior Grade
    3. Lieutenant
    4. Lieutenant Commander
    5. Commander
    6. Captain
    7. Rear Admiral, Lower Half (One Star)
    8. Rear Admiral, Upper Half (Two Stars)
    9. Vice Admiral (Three Stars)
    10. Admiral (Four Stars)
    11. Fleet Admiral (Five Stars)

    Random Bit

    A good friend of mine is a Gulf War Veteran, he worked on an Aircraft Carrier on the Flight Deck. He says the only difference for the Flight Deck Crew between war and peace is that the planes come back without the bombs.

    My American Government professor told me the most explicit example of the Peter Principle was in effect during his tenure in the Navy. His CO was a wonderful Mechanic, but, once promoted, could not function in his new role. I.E., he was a bad boss, and knew it, too, and requested to be "demoted," actually transferred, to a similar position befitting his promoted rank.


    A lot of this info is taken from the Navy web site (http://www.navy.mil).

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