We are the premier surface force in the world—second to none—that controls the seas and provides the Nation with combat naval power when and where needed.
Since the founding of the Nation, the U.S. Navy—embodied in many ways by the sailors and ships that comprise the surface force—has secured its vital interests. It defends the homeland, protects critical sea lanes so goods and resources get to market, enforces territorial and economic boundaries, and deters conflict on the high seas and ashore. Today, the Navy’s role and value remain as closely connected to the national interests as ever. Indeed, as both the National Security Strategy (NSS) and the National Defense Strategy (NDS) make clear, the Navy has never been more important.