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The United States Navy (USN) is the maritime service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most powerful navy in the world, with the estimated tonnage of its active battle fleet alone exceeding the next 13 navies combined, including 11 U.S. allies or partner nations. It has the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, two new carriers under construction, and five other carriers planned. With 336,978 personnel on active duty and 101,583 in the Ready Reserve, the U.S. Navy is the third largest of the U.S. military service branches in terms of personnel. It has 290 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of June 2019.

The U.S. Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War and was effectively disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter. After suffering significant loss of goods and personnel at the hands of the Barbary pirates from Algiers, the U.S. Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794 for the construction of six heavy frigates, the first ships of the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy played a major role in the American Civil War by blockading the Confederacy and seizing control of its rivers. It played the central role in the World War II defeat of Imperial Japan. The U.S. Navy emerged from World War II as the most powerful navy in the world. The 21st century U.S. Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in strength in such areas as the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean. It is a blue-water navy with the ability to project force onto the littoral regions of the world, engage in forward deployments during peacetime and rapidly respond to regional crises, making it a frequent actor in U.S. foreign and military policy.

The U.S. Navy is part of the Department of the Navy, alongside the U.S. Marine Corps, which is its coequal sister service. The Department of the Navy is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Navy. The Department of the Navy is itself a military department of the Department of Defense, which is headed by the Secretary of Defense. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is the most senior Navy officer serving in the Department of the Navy.

United States Navy Media

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U.S.S. Chicago, one of the crew
U.S.S. Somers - Print, Library of Congress collection

U.S.S. Somers - Print, Library of Congress collection

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Ashley.

U.S.S. Wichita - Print, Library of Congress collection

U.S.S. Wichita - Print, Library of Congress collection

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Ashley.

A perspective view of the loss of the U.S. frigate Philadelphia in which is represented her relative position to the Tripolitan gunboats ...

A perspective view of the loss of the U.S. frigate Philadelphia in whi...

Photograph shows Tripolitan gun boats firing on the U.S.S. Philadelphia and during the Tripolitan Wars, 1803. Title from item. Original engraving by Charles Denoon not in LC collection, which has only a blac... More

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Register, June 1807, USS Chesapeake
United States & Macedonian

United States & Macedonian

Preliminary drawing for an oil painting showing the sea battle between the USS United States, under the command of Stephen Decatur, and HMS Macedonian off the coast of Maderia on October 25, 1812. Title from it... More

Ship United States

Ship United States

Detail drawing showing how the hull of the USS United States, under the command of Stephen Decatur, sails in the water.

John Wesley Jarvis - Thomas MacDonough U.S.N.

John Wesley Jarvis - Thomas MacDonough U.S.N.

Print shows Commodore Thomas MacDonough, half-length portrait in uniform. Title from item. Engraving by J.B. Forrest from the original by J.W. Jarvis. Illustrated in: The national portrait gallery of distinguis... More

Constitution's escape from the British squadron after a chase of sixty hours / M. Cornè p. ; W. Hoogland sc.

Constitution's escape from the British squadron after a chase of sixty...

Print shows rowboats towing the USS Constitution away from the British fleet as the British frigate Belvidera fires it's cannons. In the background, rowboats tow the British frigate Shannon. Other ships in the ... More

The National barber - Print, Library of Congress collection

The National barber - Print, Library of Congress collection

Print shows a sailor, identitied elsewhere as Samuel W. Dewey, having sawn the head of Andrew Jackson off the figurehead of the U.S.S. Constitution, passes it to another sailor awaiting in a rowboat alongside t... More

William Bainbridge, U.S.N. / painted by J.W. Jarvis ; engd by G. Parker.

William Bainbridge, U.S.N. / painted by J.W. Jarvis ; engd by G. Parke...

Print shows William Bainbridge, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, wearing military uniform. Title from item. Published in: The national portrait gallery of distinguished Americans, vol. 3 / James Herri... More

A Chart of the entrance of Cape Fear River nautical chart

A Chart of the entrance of Cape Fear River nautical chart

Relief shown by hachures. Depths shown by soundings. Oriented with north toward the upper left. Includes "Tide Scale at Smithville." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. LC... More

Map of the River Jordan & Dead Sea : and the route of the party under the command of Lieut. W.F. Lynch, U.S.N. under his superintendence constructed from the joint labours of Lieut. Dale & himself by Passd. Midn. R. Aulick U.S.N. /

Map of the River Jordan & Dead Sea : and the route of the party under ...

Relief shown by hachures. Depths shown by contours, gradient tints, and soundings. Shows route of party and location of camps. Exhibition: The Call of Zion, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Sep 16, 1998-J... More

The explosion of the United States Steam Frigate Missouri, at Gibralter [sic], Aug. 26th, 1843 To Captn. Sir George Sartorius and the Officers of the H.M.S. Malabar--this print is respectfully dedicated by their obedient servant, Edmund Fry / / drawn by E. Duncan, from a sketch made on the spot by Lieut. G.P. Mands, T.G. Dutton lith.; Day & Haghe lithrs. to the Queen.

The explosion of the United States Steam Frigate Missouri, at Gibralte...

Crew of H.M.S. Malabar (foreground, left) watch as USS Missouri explodes and burns in the distance from accidental fire after completing first trans-Atlantic voyage of a U.S. steam powered ship the day prior.

Salutes and ceremonials. [s. l., s. n., s. d.].

Salutes and ceremonials. [s. l., s. n., s. d.].

1. United States. Navy--Regulations.; I. Title.; N. p. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portf... More

[U.S.S. Susquehanna, Commodore Perry's flag ship, full starboard view]

[U.S.S. Susquehanna, Commodore Perry's flag ship, full starboard view]

Drawing is on the "Susquehanna & Mississippil Scroll", depicting Perry's expedition to Japan. Watercolor drawing Taguchi Shumpei. Title devised by Library staff.

[Port views of the U.S.S. Susquehanna and the U.S.S. Mississippi understeam]

[Port views of the U.S.S. Susquehanna and the U.S.S. Mississippi under...

Drawings are panels one and two of the "Machinery scroll' depicting Perry's expedition to Japan, 1853. Watercolor by a contemporary Japanese artist. Title devised by Library staff.

Oliver Hazard Perry U.S.N. / engraved by J.B. Forrest from the original by J.W. Jarvis by the permission of the Corporation of New York ; Miller print.

Oliver Hazard Perry U.S.N. / engraved by J.B. Forrest from the origina...

Print shows Oliver H. Perry, three-quarter length portrait, standing on board a ship, facing slightly left. Title from item. Published in: The national portrait gallery of distinguished Americans : with biograp... More

Adm. D.D. Porter, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Gideon Welles. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civil War period.

Gideon Welles. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civil War period.

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Lincoln's Cabinet, Sec of Navy. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Co... More

Levi Sweetzer, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Hon. Isaac Toucey, Mathew Brady Photograph, 1850s.

Hon. Isaac Toucey, Mathew Brady Photograph, 1850s.

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, scratched into emulsion: Brady NY. Copy neg; Sec. of Navy under Buchanan. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library ... More

Capt. Percival Drayton, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Adm. Smith, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Levi Sweetzer, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Adm. Foote, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Levi Sweetzer, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Adm. Foote, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Adm. Foote, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Adm. John A. Dahlgren, U.S.N., Glass negative photograph, American Civil War time.
Gideon Welles. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civil War period.

Gideon Welles. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civil War period.

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, glass side: 14 X 17 Rush[?] pring in head[?]. Lincoln's Cabinet, Sec. of Navy. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Lib... More

United States "Auxiliary Screw" steam frigate "Merrimac" 60 guns. Off the entrance to New York harbour / T.G. Dutton, del et lith. ; Day & Son, Lithrs. to the Queen.

United States "Auxiliary Screw" steam frigate "Merrimac" 60 guns. Off ...

Print showing a broadside view of the port side of the steam frigate U.S.S. Merrimack undersail near the entrance to New York harbor. Includes measurements for length, breadth, weight, and horse power. Title fr... More

Dinner given to the Japanese commissioners on board U.S.S.F. Powhatan / from nature by W. Heine ; Js. Queen del. ; P.S. Duval & Co., Philada.

Dinner given to the Japanese commissioners on board U.S.S.F. Powhatan ...

Print shows a banquet given for the Japanese commissioners on board the U.S.S. Powhatan, possibly in the bay at Edo (Tokyo). Title from item. Plate from: Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to t... More

United States "Auxiliary Screw" steam frigate "Merrimac" 60 guns. Off the entrance to New York harbour / T.G. Dutton, del et lith. ; Day & Son, Lithrs. to [the Queen].

United States "Auxiliary Screw" steam frigate "Merrimac" 60 guns. Off ...

Print showing a broadside view of the port side of the steam frigate U.S.S. Merrimack undersail near the entrance to New York harbor. Title from item.

President and Plantagenet. Book illustration from Library of Congress

President and Plantagenet. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Print shows the USS President sailing to the left, in the foreground, and the HMS Plantagenet, on the right, in the background. Title from item. Inscribed below image: "President". Published in The Naval battle... More

Entrance to San Francisco Bay, California : from a trigonometrical survey under the direction of A.D. Bache, Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States ; triangulation by R.D. Cutts, Asst. & A.E. Rodgers, Sub-Asst. ;  topography by R.D. Cutts, Asst., A.M. Harrison & A.F. Rodgers, Sub-Assts. ; hydrography by the party under the command of Lieut. Comdg. James Alden, U.S.N. Assist.
Action between the Constitution and the Guerriere / Chapin ; Rogers.

Action between the Constitution and the Guerriere / Chapin ; Rogers.

Print shows HMS Guerriere without masts in the aftermath of battle with the USS Constitution. Title from item.

Joshua Barney, U.S.N. / engraved by J. Gross from a drawing by W.G. Armstrong after a miniature by Isabey.

Joshua Barney, U.S.N. / engraved by J. Gross from a drawing by W.G. Ar...

Print shows Joshua Barney, half-length portrait, wearing military uniform, standing, facing right, holding sword. Title from item. Based on a miniature by Jean-Baptiste Isabey. Barney commissioned the miniature... More

Capt. R.W. Meade, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Rear Adm. S.H. Stringham USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Lt. S.W. Preston, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Maj. Edw. C. Morse, Paymaster, U.S.N
Acting Master S.B. Gregory, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Maj. Edw. C. Morse, Paymaster, U.S.N
Commander J.P. Bankhead, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Acting Master S.B. Gregory, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commodore C. Ringgold USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Acting Master W. Porter, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Parker, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Rear Adm. G.W. Storer, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Adml. W.B. Shubrick, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Lt. S.W. Preston, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Act. Lt. Comm. Edward Conroy, USN
Capt. Bennett, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Comd. Harwood, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Capt. J.R. Goldsborough, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Lt. S.W. Nichols, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Rear Adm. W.B. Shubrick, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Capt. J.A. Winslow, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commander J.P. Bankhead, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Gideon Welles, Sec. of Navy, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.

Gideon Welles, Sec. of Navy, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Nega...

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, scratched on emulsion: 137 [partial]. Credit line: Civil war photographs, 1861-1865, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs D... More

Commadore J.W. Livingstone, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commodore S.L. Breese, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commodore S.C. Rowan USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
R.W. Meade, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Renshaw W.B. USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commander N. Collins, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
James Gordon Bennett, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Renshaw W.B. USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Lt. B.H. Porter, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Worden U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Capt. Bennett, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commander H.A. Wise, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Assist. Engineer  H.P. Gregory, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Howard USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commodore S.C. Rowan USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
U.S.S. Polaris, Washington Navy Yard., American Civil War Glass Negative.
Commander H.A. Wise, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Acting Master W. Porter, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commander S.D. Trenchard, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Capt. R.W. Meade, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Chas. J. McDougall, U.S.N.?, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commander N. Collins, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
James Gordon Bennett, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Commadore J.W. Livingstone, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Capt. J.R. Goldsborough, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Surg. S.J. Jones U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
GM Blodgett, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Lt? Wright, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Adml. Hoff, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Acting Master Freeman, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Worden U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Rear Adm. W.B. Shubrick, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Acting Master Freeman, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Acting Master W. Porter, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Surg. S.J. Jones U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Adm. King, U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Act. Lt. Comm. Edward Conroy, USN
Lt? Wright, USN, American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
Worden U.S.N., American Civil War Photograph, Glass Negative.
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