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7 Things You Didn’t Know About the U.S. Navy

USS_Nimitz_in_Victoria_Canada_036With more than 324,000 active personnel, the U.S. Navy is the largest navy of any country in the world. It’s responsible for carrying out naval operations and protecting the country from foreign threats. However, there are probably some things you don’t know about the U.S. Navy, which we’re going to reveal in this blog post.

#1) The Secretary of the Navy Names Ships

Since 1819, the Secretary of the Navy has been responsible for naming new ships. This process typically involves suggestions from the public, Navy servicemembers and veterans, after which the Chief of Naval Operations recommends the list to the Secretary. The Secretary then chooses a name from that list.

#2) Aircraft Carriers Weight up to 90,000 Tons

To say aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy are heavy would be an understatement. Depending on the specific class and what it’s carrying, it’s not uncommon for aircraft carriers to weigh up to 90,000 tons.

#3) A Dozen Aircraft Carriers

Some countries like France and India only have a single aircraft carrier in operation. The U.S. Navy, however, has a dozen. Technically, the U.S. Navy has 11 aircraft carriers in service and one in a reserve fleet. These massive nuclear-powered ships allow the U.S. Navy to project its power throughout the world.

#4) Uniforms are Navy Blue and White

The first Navy uniforms were issued to soldiers in 1802, when the Navy Department was officially formed. Since then, however, the uniforms have undergone countless changes. Today, the primary colors used in Navy uniforms are navy blue and white.

#5) Largest Naval Complex is 1.1 Million Acres

According to the U.S. Navy’s official website, the largest naval complex in operation is the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California. It spans approximately 1.1 million acres of land. To put that number into perspective, it’s about one-third the size of the Navy’s total land holdings.

#6) Nine Naval Ranks

There are nine ranks in the U.S. Navy, including Admiral, Vice-Admiral, Rear-Admiral, Captain, Commander,  Lieutenant Commander, Lieutenant, Junior Grade Lieutenant and Ensign. Ensign, of course, is the lowest rank, whereas Admiral is the highest rank.

#7) Guided Missile Cruisers

The U.S. Navy’s guided missile cruisers are powerful ships that weight between 9,000 and 11,000 tons and span up to 600 feet in length. There are approximately 35 officers and 550 servicemembers aboard each of these guided missile cruisers, whom are responsible for carrying out operations like anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface and anti-ship operations.

You can learn more about the U.S. Navy and how to enlist by visiting https://www.navy.com/joining.html.

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