Since its incorporation, the Navy has been involved in every American military conflict. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the Navy!start quiz
Question 1 of 10
Who is considered the "Father" of the U.S. Navy?
... The Continental Congress is credited with the creation of the U.S. Navy. While the Navy acknowledges each of these men's contributions, they do not recognize any one individual as the "Father."
Question 2 of 10
What year did the Continental Congress create the U.S. Navy?
... The Continental Congress created the Navy in an Oct. 13, 1775, resolution.
Question 3 of 10
Which of the six original frigates purchased by the U.S. Navy is still in existence today?
... The USS Constitution, named after the Constitution of the United States of America, is the only one of the six original frigates that is still afloat today. The Navy still uses this "active duty" vessel for promotional purposes.
Question 4 of 10
The largest U.S. Navy ships are aircraft carriers.
... Often referred to as floating cities, aircraft carriers can house approximately 5,500 crew members. The Navy currently has 13 carriers in active service.
Question 5 of 10
The U.S. Navy was the target of an unexpected attack when Japanese forces targeted Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. What was the date of this historic event?
... A Japanese task force, consisting of six aircraft carriers, five submarines and 405 aircraft, was involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Question 6 of 10
The U.S. Navy will not allow multiple siblings to serve on the same ship.
... This is a popular misconception. The Navy has no such rule preventing multiple siblings from serving aboard the same vessel. In 1942, five brothers were killed following a Japanese attack on the USS Juneau.
Question 7 of 10
In what year were women first allowed to serve on most U.S. Navy ships?
... Congress declared that women could enter the Naval Academy in 1976; however a 1948 law prevented them from serving on the ships. That law was finally overturned in 1978.
Question 8 of 10
How long does the standard U.S. Navy ship deployment last?
... The standard is six months; however the Navy is currently experimenting with both shorter and longer deployments.
Question 9 of 10
How many battleships does the U.S. Navy have in active service today?
... The Navy does not currently have any battleships in active service.
Question 10 of 10
What is the highest rank a military officer can reach in the U.S. Navy?
... Fleet Admiral is currently the highest possible rank that can be attained in the U.S. Navy. It is equivalent to General of the Army and General of the Air Force. Fleet Admirals are unable to retire from active duty unless they formally resign their position.