Player Embed Code: Download Embed Share U.S. Navy 2021: The Year in Photos U.S. Navy Jan. 3, 2022 | 3:34 The U.S. Navy entered 2021 with a lot on its plate. Forward presence, the Navy’s primary stock in trade for nearly two and a half centuries, remained in high demand. As they have for more than a century, military photographers and today's Mass Communication Specialists were there to document the work of American Sailors as they carried out their missions around the world, above, on and below the sea. The following photographs illustrate the integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness of the Navy’s diverse, all-volunteer force of American Sailors and civilians following in the footsteps of those who, for 246 years, have gone before them in defense of freedom. Dedicated to all who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our Nation in 2021. We have the Watch!