A navy or maritime force is a fleet of waterborne military vessels (watercraft) and its associated naval aviation, both sea-based and land-based. It is the branch of a nation's armed forces principally designated for naval and amphibious warfare; namely, lake-borne, riverine, littoral, or ocean-borne combat operations and related functions. It includes anything conducted by surface ships, amphibious ships, submarines, and seaborne aviation, as well as ancillary support, communications, training, and other fields; recent developments have included space-related operations. The strategic offensive role of a navy is projection of force into areas beyond a country's shores (for example, to protect sea-lanes, ferry troops, or attack other navies, ports, or shore installations). The strategic defensive purpose of a navy is to frustrate seaborne projection-of-force by enemies. The strategic task of the navy also may incorporate nuclear deterrence by use of Submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Naval operations can be broadly divided between riverine and littoral applications (brown-water navy), open-ocean applications (blue-water navy), and something in between (green-water navy), although these distinctions are more about strategic scope than tactical or operational division.
The U.S. Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War and was essentially disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter. It 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 Japan. The 21st century U.S. Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in such areas as East Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It is a blue-water navy with the ability to project force onto the littoral regions of the world, engage in forward areas during peacetime, and rapidly respond to regional crises, making it an active player in U.S. foreign and defense policy.
Navy blue got its name from the dark blue (contrasted with white) worn by officers in the British Royal Navy since 1748 and subsequently adopted by other navies around the world. When this color name, taken from the usual color of the uniforms of sailors, originally came into use in the early 19th century, it was initially called marine blue, but the name of the color soon changed to navy blue.
An early use of navy blue as a color name in English was in 1840 though the Oxford English Dictionary has a citation from 1813.
In practice, actual blue uniforms of the United States Navy and other navies have become outright black in color, in order to combat fading.
Variations of navy blue
Bright navy blue
At right is displayed the color bright navy blue. This is the bright tone called "navy blue" by Crayola.
This tone of navy blue was formulated as a Crayola color in 1958.
Indigo dye is the color that is called Añil (the Spanish word for "indigo dye") in the Guía de coloraciones (Guide to colorations) by Rosa Gallego and Juan Carlos Sanz, a color dictionary published in 2005 that is widely popular in the Hispanophone realm.
In armed conflict and in daily life, ships have become an integral part of modern commercial and military systems. Fishing boats are used by millions of fishermen throughout the world. Military forces operate vessels for naval warfare and to transport and support forces ashore. Commercial vessels, nearly 35,000 in number, carried 7.4billion tons of cargo in 2007. As of 2011, there are about 104,304 ships with IMO numbers in the world.
Ships were always a key in history's great explorations and scientific and technological development. Navigators such as Zheng He spread such inventions as the compass and gunpowder. Ships have been used for such purposes as colonization and the slave trade, and have served scientific, cultural, and humanitarian needs. After the 16th century, new crops that had come from and to the Americas via the European seafarers significantly contributed to the world population growth.Ship transport has shaped the world's economy into today's energy-intensive pattern.
Ship's A.I. was created untold millennia ago by the Celestials as the operating system for a data collection device. The Celestials had genetically manipulated humanity, and they left the Ship in the area that would come to be known as Mongolia to monitor humanity's progress.
Circa 1100 A.D., a Mongolian immortal known as Garbha-Hsien (later known as Saul), discovered the Ship and lived next to it while he researched its mysteries. Saul never attempted to enter the Ship.
In time, the Egyptian immortal En Sabah Nur learned of Saul and sought him out as another immortal. In a confrontation, En Sabah Nur slew all of Saul's guards. Saul then sought to humble his fellow "forever-walker" by revealing the secret titanic vessel. Having had previous experience with futuristic technology due to his encounters with Rama-Tut, Nur attacked Saul and left the other immortal for dead and entered the Ship. He emerged later as a vastly changed being who now called himself Apocalypse.
naval base in Japan is just one year away from completing a $128 million project to replace an outdated piece of infrastructure and expand its ship maintenance capabilities ... The original pier, which was a floating structure, was built in 1950 and serviced hundreds of ships, according to the Navy.
It looks like a ship. A huge, kind of weirdly-shaped ship, rising up in the middle of the ocean, or a bit like the upended Titanic as it sank ...NavySUBROC (SUBmarine ROCket) program ... Vine had come up with the idea after observing the stability of a navy mop floating in choppy water ... Navy's SUBROC program ... Navy.
From there, China’s navy can readily monitor traffic to and from the Suez Canal — and collect vital intelligence from the entire region ...The 16th installment of the China navy escort fleet conducts a two-ship alongside replenishment in the eastern waters of the Indian Ocean in a file photo.
A Chinese missile frigate launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the South China Sea... There have already been plenty of “close encounter” incidents between the Chinese and US navies in the disputed waters, as well as the Chinese navy and ships belonging to ASEAN members.
Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics... 1 ... In 1794, Congress spurred the creation of the Navy by commissioning six frigates to take on the French in what is now known as the Quasi-War. Incredibly, one of those ships is still around. What is the name of that ship? Email your guess and a suggested question to me at email@example.com.Friday's answer.
Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview ... Eli Sharvit stopped short of confirming a series of attacks and mishaps on Iranian ships that have been attributed to Israel.
The decision to acquire Tomahawk missiles – which can be fired from either ships or submarines – also marks a major addition to Australia’s capabilities. “Tomahawks transform a surface navy ship into a strategic asset that can target military facilities ashore from a thousand miles away.
SHARON BORMANN Special to the. Mooresville Tribune...Navy from 1966-72. Stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, he was trained to be a fireman and to manage the ship’s store. When his ship deployed to Athens, Greece, Moore said he went from the bottom of the ship to the top ... Navy from 1960-62 ... Navy from 1969-75 and trained in communications ... Navy from 1966-68 ... .
...French navy defended America's independence by, er, defeating its British counterpart ... Its navy now has more ships than America’s; the country has continued to pressure Taiwan and made a veritable smorgasbord of territorial demands directed against Vietnam, Japan and India.
Life got a little more dangerous last week. It wasn’t due to the pandemic or the climate crisis ...That’s denied, naturally. Myopic politicians, soldiers and diplomats say new nuclear weapons, missiles, ships, submarines and alliances are necessary to deter unnamed enemies ... Each year, it launches more combat ships than the RoyalNavy possesses in total ... .
In the pre-dawn light, beneath a water tower on the West Papuan island of Biak, Yudha Korwa lay bleeding in the dirt ...Women and children were cut down before his eyes ... Read more ... One thought sustained him ... Across the harbour, navy ships loomed ominously ... Rumours also took hold that bodies had been taken to the Indonesian ships and thrown overboard ... .
A US Navy ship on Friday sailed through the Taiwan Strait, marking the ninth time a US military vessel has transited the Strait since US PresidentJoe Biden took office in January ... “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the US Navy said.