In todays world, the United States requires military
power adequate to strengthen national security
objectives. The United States Navy is an integral
component of this nations military forces. Freedom of
the seas is not a gift; it must be won through naval
presence or engagements. Naval forces provide our
nation with the ability to provide a significant presence in
crisis areas, or, if required, a rapid offensive capability.
The U.S. Navy has the ability to control enemy naval
forces in three areasair, surface, and subsurface. It can
also conduct amphibious and mine warfare operations.
One of the most important aspects of naval
warfare is the ability to provide supply and support
operations. With the Navys wide range of underway
replenishment and supply ships, we can keep U.S.
Navy battle groups under way in crisis areas for long
periods of time. The most recent example of this
ability is the Persian Gulf War. Todays Navy
consists of a new generation of cruisers, destroyers,
fighter and strike aircraft, high-speed amphibious
assault ships, mine countermeasures ships,
replenishment ships, submarines, and weapons
systems. With these craft, vessels, and weapons
systems, our nation employs the most modern and
capable naval force in existence.
A1. Ships parts are labeled as shown.
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