Facts and interesting information about military units around the world.

United States Navy Band

The United States Navy Band consists of 163 enlisted musicians and three officers in seven major performing units.The Concert Band is the major USN musical unit in Washington,D.C., and has toured worldwide.The Ceremonial Band performs at official military ceremonies and special events and is staffed, depending on performance requirements, by 15 to 99 musicians. The… read more »

USS Nautilus (SSN-571)

USS Nautilus was the navy’s—and the world’s— first nuclear-powered submarine,driven by an onboard,pressurized-water nuclear reactor plant.Her keel was laid on June 14, 1952, at Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut, by President Harry S.Truman; she was launched on January 21, 1954, and commissioned on September 30, 1954. Nautilus was largely the brainchild of Captain (later… read more »

Washington Navy Yard

The Washington Navy Yard serves as the headquarters for the NAVALDISTRICTWASHINGTON,which is nicknamed the “Quarterdeck of the Navy.”Additionally, the Washington Navy Yard serves as the ceremonial gateway to the nation’s capital for many diplomats and other officials. The Washington Navy Yard was authorized in 1799 by the first secretary of the navy, BENJAMIN STODDART, and… read more »

Zumwalt, Elmo Russell (1920–

admiral ) navy Zumwalt became the 19th CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS in 1970, the youngest full admiral and CNO in USN history.His four-year term as CNO was controversial, as he worked aggressively to liberalize the USN,especially with regard to equal opportunity for minority and women sailors and officers. Zumwalt was born in San Francisco and… read more »

Sea Shadow experimental ship

Sea Shadow is a craft built to test the potential of “stealth” technology applied to warships. It was developed in a combined program of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), the USN, and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Company beginning in the mid-1980s. The general characteristics of the ship include a diesel-electric powerplant,a length of… read more »

Naval Sea Systems Command

NAVSEA, the largest of the U.S.Navy’s five systems commands, engineers, builds, and supports the USN fleet and USN combat systems. Its activities account for almost one-fifth of the USN budget. NAVSEA manages more than 130 acquisition programs, and the command consists of 50,000 men and women in four major shipyards, the undersea and surface warfare… read more »

Seventh Fleet

The Seventh Fleet was activated in 1943 and is now the USN’s largest forward-deployed fleet, consisting of 40 to 50 ships,200 aircraft,and some 20,000 USN and USMC personnel. The fleet operates in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf,more than 52 million square miles of ocean, extending from the International Date Line to the… read more »

Naval Surface Warfare Centers

NSWC operates the U.S.Navy’s research,development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support facilities for ship hull, mechanical, and electrical systems; surface ship combat systems; coastal warfare systems; and other offensive and defensive systems associated with surface warfare. The centers provide expertise in surface warfare modeling and analysis; surface ship combat and combat control systems; surface… read more »

Spruance, Raymond Ames (1886–1969)

navy admiral Spruance was born in Baltimore and graduated from the UNITED STATESNAVAL ACADEMY in 1906. He served with Admiral GEORGEDEWEY in the voyage of the Great White Fleet around the world, then served both at sea and on staff assignments during WORLD WAR I.Promoted to rear admiral in 1939, Spruance was given command of… read more »