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US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets fly in formation on March 12, 2019.

The US Navy is 244 years old today. Here are 42 powerful images from its iconic history.

The US Navy has long been the most visible part of America's military might with visits to far flung ports and operations all over the world.
Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords launches a Naval Strike Missile.

The Navy has a new ship-killer missile to take on China — and it just used it to sink an old warship

The US and Singapore navies conducted an exercise in the Philippine Sea to take out a decommissioned frigate.
The NASA Ames Research Center sits on a Superfund site.

Google and NASA campuses sit on a hazardous waste site with contaminated soil. It’s part of a toxic legacy across Silicon Valley.

NASA and Google complexes in Silicon Valley are located on Superfund sites where manufacturing plants once leaked a chemical called trichloroethylene.
An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) off the coast of California.

US nuclear warheads are facing a $1 billion setback, and it’s thanks to a $5 part

A $5 capacitor was tested for use in Navy and Air Force nuclear weapons, but it didn't offer a long-term fix.
USS Boise enters Souda Bay in Greece during a scheduled port visit, December 23, 2014.

The defense secretary praised the crew of an attack submarine that hasn’t been on a mission since 2015

Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited the nuclear-powered attack sub USS Boise on Wednesday, calling it an "accomplished warship."
Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogan during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013.

China has launched a new kind of flattop as it builds a force capable of invading islands

China launched its first Type 075 amphibious assault ship Wednesday, making a big step toward fielding a more capable amphibious warfare force.
Walruses rest on an ice floe off Wrangel Island, part of the Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve in the Arctic Ocean.

A Russian navy boat was attacked and sunk by a walrus in the Arctic

A landing craft carrying researchers ashore from a Russian navy tugboat was attacked and apparently sunk by walruses during an Arctic expedition.
An apparently unidentified object detected on a Navy plane’s infrared camera.

No, the UFOs or ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ in those grainy Navy videos probably aren’t aliens

In 2017, The New York Times published Navy plane footage showing a mysterious flying object. Today, the Navy confirmed this object was "unidentified."
A video filmed by US Navy pilots in 2015, showing pilots reacting to a flying object.

The US Navy has finally confirmed that mysterious videos showing pilots spotting UFOs are genuine after years of speculation

A Navy spokesman said that the objects were "unidentified aerial phenomena" and that the Navy wouldn't publicly speculate what the objects were.
The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and ships assigned to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) transit the Atlantic Ocean while conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) on February 16, 2018.

A US Navy carrier strike group is weirdly deploying without its aircraft carrier after it broke down

Four escort ships of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group are setting sail on a new deployment. The group's aircraft carrier, however, is not.