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The Navy was founded under the authority of George Washington in 1775 as a means to disrupt British Supply ships. For decades to follow their necessity was a question in terms of being a financially sound investment, even after their successful engagement during the American Revolution. In 1794, with pirate ambushes on trade routes and growing international conflicts, the Navy’s value was then understood. The Navy guards the Nation’s interests both abroad and at home, reaching the furthest depths of the ocean and conquering the waters, above and below the sea. The Navy has a full set of service units (air, ground, and sea). The reach of the Navy can be seen as they are spread out to over 100 international ports and control over 285 deployable ships at any one time.

Today, the U.S. Navy still has the greatest global reach and firepower of any other naval force in the world – by a long shot.

We’re highlighting just two of the over 100 bases:

NAS Patuxent River Navy Base in Lexington Park, MD

Locally, the Naval Air Station at the Patuxent River covers 13,800 acres at the mouth of the Patuxent River, south and southeast of Baltimore and Washington D.C. It’s the area’s largest employer, employing over 20,000 on the base. The Patuxent Naval Air Station is the Navy’s full-spectrum acquisition, research, development, test, evaluation, and engineering and fleet support activity for manned and unmanned aircraft, engines, avionics, aircraft support systems, and ship/shore/air operations. For more information, see:

NSA Annapolis Navy Base in Annapolis, MD

The Naval Support Activity is the Navy’s strategic logistics hub. It’s Cumberland County’s largest employer having 40 tenant commands on the 806 Acre complex. Originally, the NSA was a Naval Supply Depot during World War I and became a full-fledged facility in 1953 with the assignment of its own commanding officer. In July 1996, the Naval Supply Systems Command moved to Mechanicsburg bringing and supporting Weapons System Support, Business Systems Center, and the Defense Logistics Agency. 

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