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Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always

Celebrating the 240 Year of Tradition of Operational Readiness

As the Navy approaches its 240th year of operating both at home and forward, focus is brought once again to people platforms, and partnerships. The Navy can respond faster, remain on station longer, and carry out mission without needing anyone else's permission.

In addition to the Navy turning 240, this year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Navy Reserve Force. The theme of this year is Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always.

Ready Then:


Throughout history, we've deployed in peace to protect the sea lanes of communication and to advance and safeguard America's relationships and ideals. In conflict, we've defeated determined enemies at sea, in the air and ashore. Our forward-deployed naval presence delivers security, influence, and responsiveness unmatched by any other service or platform.




Ready Now:


Time and again our naval forces have proven themselves to be the most immediate, the most capable and the most adaptable option when a crisis develops. More than ever, today's Navy is demographically representative of the nation we serve, which is critically important both to the quality of our all-volunteer force and to fulfilling the principles of the republic we defend.
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Ready Always:


Today's Navy faces a myriad of demands from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, to working with partners and allies, to dealing with multiple threats and potential conflicts. We meet these demands, and many more, using talented and resourceful people, superior platforms and equipment, demonstrating the versatility and flexibility that is the hallmark of our force.
  • EOD insertion

    Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 conduct a special patrol insertion/extraction exercise aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

  • Quartermaster

    Quartermaster 3rd Class Monica Christopher plots a course aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Troy Milburn/Released)

  • LCAC

    Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 44, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, approaches the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) during well deck operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Monford/Released)

  • F/A 18

    Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 3rd Class Steven Brittel, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, signals to the pilot of a F/A 18F Super Hornet in front of the squadron's hangar. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Barry A. Riley/Released)



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