Brief History of the U.S. Navy

Not surprisingly, the Navy has a long history with the United States, the branch of service fought battles, helped to win wars, and is a force that is strong and sturdy on the waters. At Defender Bracelets, we seek to honor those who served in the Navy and other branches of service, including the Army, Marine Corp, and more. The purpose of our fundraising bracelet is help raise money to support veterans who have served our country. This post will be dedicated to those who have served and are serving today in the Navy.

Fundraising BraceletA Brief History of the Navy

October 13, 1775

It began with the Continental Navy at the beginning of the American Revolution, but was known initially as the Continental Army whose purpose was to stop shipments that came from the United Kingdom. After the end of the war, the Navy was actually disbanded, being simply commercial sailors who owned their own ships. Because of tensions with France and threats from pirates, George Washington issued the Naval Act of 1794 and three armed ships were built: the U.S.S. Constellation, the U.S.S. Constitution, and the U.S.S. United States. The U.S.S. Constitution is still sitting in Boston where you can visit the ship.


In the early 1800’s, Thomas Jefferson ordered ships to be sent to protect the Mediterranean Sea from pirates and to open up shipping lanes. British and U.S. tensions were increasing, which led to the War of 1812 where U.S. Navy ships were outnumbered by 50 to 1. The Navy continued to win battles despite the odds and eventually won control of Detroit and the Great Lakes.

Later in the 1800’s, the Navy was involved in various battles, including fighting pirates in the Caribbean, forming blockades of Mexico, which helped to take control of California, and fighting during the Civil War. The Battle of Gloucester Point was the first battle in which the torpedo was used as a weapon.


The “Great White Fleet” was established and had 16 battleships, including the first submarine, the U.S.S. Holland. In 1915, the U.S. Navy Reserve was founded. Fighting during WWI began and the first victory was achieved when a German U-Boat was sunk. In 1922, a treaty was established stating that the U.S. and the U.K. had to have navies that were the same size.

The Navy had a significant role in WWII, especially at Pearl Harbor, in the Pacific, and the Atlantic. The largest amphibious landing took place on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Navy continued their involvement in wars, including the Korean War, the Cold War, which began a buildup of power, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.


The Navy still has a significant presence and continues to fight and aid in conflict.

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