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Department of the Navy

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Agency overview


To maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

Current initiatives

  • Technology Insertion Programs for Savings (TIPS) to rapidly transition technology from any source into Department of Navy programs of record to significantly reduce operations and support costs
  • Multidisciplinary University Initiative to stimulate innovations, accelerate research progress and expedite transition of results into naval applications for military problems
  • Improve motorcycle safety by closing the training gap with the Military Sportbike Rider Course (MSRC)
  • Reduce suicides and manage stress by providing Sailors and Marines with the support network, health care and skills needed to overcome adversity and training leaders to recognize when Sailors and Marines need help


The Navy is one of the three military departments that reports to the Department of Defense. The Navy is comprised of three principal components: The Navy Department, consisting of executive offices mostly in Washington, DC; the operating forces, including the Marine Corps and the reserve components; and the shore establishment. A sample of Navy’s offices are listed below, but be sure to check out their organizational structure to learn more about all offices and subcomponents.

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