When the U.S. Naval Academy football team takes on West Point’s Black Knights for the 2018 Army-Navy Game, the midshipmen will be wearing a uniform that honors their rivalry and draws on an emblem of pride – Bill the Goat, USNA’s mascot.
So, for this 119th playing of America’s Game, we’re showing our pride in the Greatest Navy Of All Time with the hashtag #GOAT, which is shorthand for the Greatest Of All Time on social media. Get it?
We are America’s primary forward deployed force. Diverse, united and tough, we are and will remain the most lethal global maneuver force in the world. As great power competitors threaten the global commons, we will rise to deter and defeat those challenges, protect the American homeland and protect our economic prosperity by keeping the arteries of commerce open on the world’s interconnected oceans. As Sailors, forged by the sea, we will continue to be the Navy the Nation Needs above the sea, on the sea and beneath the sea.
For 107 years, American naval aviators have taken flight. Flying off of aircraft carriers, surface ships and shore installations, naval aircraft provide power projection, striking targets on land, the ocean’s surface and below it. Naval aviation also provides critical maritime domain awareness, and the ability to conduct humanitarian assistance anywhere in the world.
No other weapons system in existence or on the drawing board today can deploy and redeploy with the responsiveness, the endurance, the multi-dimensional might and the inherent battle space awareness of a full sized, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and its air wing. These 100,000-ton vessels can transit 10,000 miles in less than 14 days, maneuver to anywhere within one-half million square miles of ocean in 12 hours and launch and recover aircraft in almost any natural wind conditions.
Our naval air force is the largest and best trained in the world, flying the most technologically advanced aircraft. From the Curtiss Pusher Eugene Ely flew off a ship in 1910 to the F-35 Lightning II today, America has led the way. Beyond the technological superiority, however, it’s our aviator, maintainers and air crewmen who make naval aviation excellent. No nation on Earth can match the professionalism, patriotism and dedication of the men and women of naval aviation. U.S. naval aviators win in combat, and make a difference in the world. When it comes to naval aviation, your Navy is the #GOAT.
The Surface Navy has been the #GOAT since defeating the British navy on the world’s oceans to play a leading role in winning our nation’s independence. We began with six frigates, which helped establish America’s enduring role as a maritime nation. And a maritime nation needs a strong maritime force.
Over the course of more than 240 years, the surface fleet played a critical role in protecting America whether keeping challengers off of our beaches to landing our forces on foreign shores to defeat an enemy. We were there for America at Tripoli, the Philippine Sea, Okinawa, Normandy, Arabian Gulf and South China Sea. Underway and under fire, we provided a mobile and lethal surface force to fight and win.
Everything from amphibious assault ships to destroyers provide our nation and our partner nations an afloat fighting force that is second to none.
The Submarine Force and its supporting organizations constitute the primary undersea capability of the U.S. Navy. The mission of the U.S. Submarine Force is to execute the task of the Navy in and from the undersea domain. In addition to lending added capacity to naval forces, the Submarine Force in particular leverages special advantages that come with undersea concealment to permit operational, deterrent and combat effects that the Navy and the nation could not otherwise achieve.
As an agile force we are charged by the nation with exploiting unique undersea advantages to provide U.S. influence, far forward where other forces cannot complete the mission and where undersea concealment provides unique access. We use undersea concealment to provide unique intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of U.S. national interests in today’s unstable international environment. We use this undersea advantage to provide a survivable strategic deterrent and a robust capability that deters both nuclear and conventional conflict. Finally, if necessary, we use our undersea advantage to strike targets, conduct theater and unit-level anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, and perform other warfighting missions across multiple domains.
These effects may be delivered within the undersea domain or across domain boundaries; they may be delivered from submarines far-forward or in broad ocean areas; they may be the result of carefully coordinated operations with other forces or achieved by independent operations; and they may be accomplished in peacetime, a time of tension, or during conflict.
Beneath the sea, on the sea and above the sea, we’re fighting each and every minute to get better to remain the greatest Navy of all time; our competitors are focused on taking the lead.
Whether on the football field or on deployment, Go Navy!
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