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    (October 13, 1775- )
    Created by the Continental Congress and equipped with two ships designed to intercept British supply vessels
    First three frigates (USS United States, USS Constellation, USS Constitution) entered service (1797)
    Defeated the Royal Navy during the War of 1812
    United States Naval Academy established (1845)
    Blockaded the South during the Civil War and built the Monitor, one of the first ironclad ships
    Annihilated the Spanish Pacific fleet (1898)
    Seriously crippled at Pearl Harbor but defeated the Japanese Navy (1941-1945)
    Flew its first carrier jets in combat during the Korean War
    Bombed North Vietnam during the Vietnam War
    Maintained the submarine-based Fleet Ballistic Missile System during the Cold War
    Operated many of the world's most powerful battleships and aircraft carriers
    Participated in the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars and the bombing of Serbia
    Helps fight terrorism by flying patrols over US cities and launching missiles at terrorist targets
    Composed of 55,000 officers and 318,000 enlisted personnel plus 148,000 reservists
    745 Navy personnel have received the Medal of Honor
    Fought in every war in US history (though with only a minor role in World War I)
    There are 5 Navy Fleets with areas of responsibility around the world
    Famous Navy officers include Raymond Spruance, John Paul Jones, Chester Nimitz, William Halsey, David Farragut, John F. Kennedy, Ernest J. King, George H.W. Bush, James Carter, Richard Nixon, Matthew Perry, Hyman Rickover and John Young
    Famous ships include the Monitor; battleships Missouri, Iowa, New Jersey, Washington, Arizona, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Massachusetts and Wisconsin; carriers Enterprise, Yorktown, Saratoga, Nimitz, Constellation, Kitty Hawk, Carl Vinson, Hornet, Lexington and numerous others
    Secretary of the Navy is Gordon R. England; Chief of Naval Operations is Vern Clark; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy is Terry D. Scott (as of 2004)
    Operates 295 ships and over 4,000 aircraft
    Includes the Navy Seals, the Seabees and the Blue Angels
    Nicknamed 'Squids' by the other branches of the military
    It had no admirals until 1862.
    They imply their NCOs are unimportant by titling them 'Petty Officers.'
    Their Blue Angels and their shore police are trained by the Air Force.
    It treated women as second-class citizens for much of its history.
    Members of the Navy are often separated from their families for longer periods of time than other services.
    Their sailors have a reputation for being rowdy on shore.
    It has abused many of its most illustrious ships as target practice or sources of scrap metal.
    Many of its Medal of Honor awards are in non-combat situations or small-scale wars with fewer sailors in action (suggesting that the award process was somewhat haphazard).
    Their naval jack is a ripoff of the blue section of the US flag (though since 9/11 they have flown a different one).
    Its jargon contains words abandoned in standard English centuries ago.
    Due to a Village People song, some people think the Navy is full of gays.
    A significant number of sailors have large tattoos.
    Four US Presidents served in the Navy.
    They usually have an excellent kill-loss ratio (inflicting heavy damage for few losses).
    Its ships sank many German submarines raiding merchant vessels.
    It kept the Soviets on edge during the Cold War with its nuclear missile submarines.
    The Japanese signed the surrender treaty ending World War II on the battleship USS Missouri.
    It has the largest number (13) of aircraft carriers in the world.
    Sometimes, it gets involved in rescue or scientific operations.
    The presence of two aircraft carriers and their escorts in the Taiwan Straits helped deter a Communist invasion of Taiwan.
    They have a college football team on par with the Army (closely tied for decades).
    It offers education and skills training to its members.
    The presence of capital ships near the coasts of foreign countries is an effective form of warning or guarantee of protection.
    It helped rescue South Vietnamese refugees from the Communist army at the end of the Vietnam War.
    Like the Marine Corps, it is older than the United States itself.
    They named a battleship for every state except Hawaii and Alaska (which became states after the last battleship was completed).

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