2. The second objective is to support the Navy and
Marine Corps forces as well as the forces of
other military departments. The Department of
the Navy supports these forces as directed by the
Secretary of Defense.
Figure 6-2 shows the basic organization of the DoN.
The SECNAV is responsible for, and has the authority
under Title 10 of the United States Code, to conduct all
the affairs of the Department of the Navy. The SECNAV
has the following responsibilities:
Conducts recruiting, organizing, supplying,
equipping, training, and mobilizing, and
Oversees the construction, outfitting, and repair
of naval ships, equipment and facilities
Formulates and implements policies and
programs that are consistent with the national
security policies and objectives established by
the President and the Secretary of Defense
The DoN consists of two uniformed Servicesthe
United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.
You can find out more about these organizations by
using the Internet. The Internet address is
www.navy.mil. There, you can connect to a Navy
Figure 6-3 shows you an overview of the
organization of the DoN. The U.S. Navy was founded
on 13 October 1775, and the Department of the Navy
was established on 30 April 1798. The Department of
the Navy has three principal components
1. The Navy Department, consisting of executive
offices mostly in Washington, D.C.
2. The operating forces, including the Marine
3. The Shore Establishment
In this chapter, you will learn about the operating
forces and shore commands. The reserve components
are part of DoN. In times of war, the U.S. Coast Guard is
also a part of the DoN; during peacetime, the U.S. Coast
Guard is a part of the Department of Transportation.
Figure 6-2.Organizational chart of the Department of the Navy (DoN).