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USS Constellation vs L'Insurgente during the Quasi-War
USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812
A carte de visite of a U.S. Navy lieutenant during the Civil War
The Great White Fleet demonstrating U.S. naval power in 1907; it was proof that the U.S. Navy had blue-water capability.
Columbia, personification of the United States, wearing a warship bearing the words "World Power" as her "Easter bonnet" on the cover of Puck, 6 April 1901
Battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) shelling Okinawa on 1 April 1945.
USS George Washington (SSBN-598), a ballistic missile submarine
U.S. Navy officers aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) monitor defense systems during early 2010s maritime security operations exercises
U.S. Navy patrol boat near Kuwait Naval Base in 2009
The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), launched in 2012.
Organization of the United States Navy within the Department of Defense
Simplified flowchart of the U.S. Navy command structure
Areas of responsibility for each of the United States Navy fleets. Tenth Fleet serves as the numbered fleet for U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and therefore is not shown.
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) docking at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan
A Marine F/A-18 from VMFA-451 preparing to launch from USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter preparing to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1)
Navy SEALs at one of the entrances to the Zhawar Kili cave complex
U.S. Navy warrant officer specialty insignias
Map of naval bases in the United States
Underwater Demolition Team members using the casting technique from a speeding boat
Combat Camera Underwater Photo Team – A U.S. Navy diver during underwater photography training off the coast of Guantanamo Bay
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USS Nimitz, a
USS Bataan (LHD-5), a
USS San Antonio (LPD-17), a
USS Port Royal (CG-73), a
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), a Zumwalt-class stealth guided missile destroyer
USS Independence (LCS-2), a Littoral combat ship
USS Freedom (LCS-1) underway in special naval camouflage
USS Warrior (MCM-10) in port
USS Typhoon (PC-5) departing Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Virginia
USS Kentucky (SSBN-737), an ballistic missile submarine
USS Virginia (SSN-774), a attack submarine
Four Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets
U.S. Navy MH-60R maritime strike helicopter assigned to the HSM-78 Blue Hawks aboard the carrier USS Carl Vinson
Aviation Ordnancemen loading GBU-12 bombs in 2005
U.S. naval jack
First navy jack
Naval Aviator Badge
Submarine Officer badge
Surface Warfare Officer Insignia

Maritime service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the eight uniformed services of the United States.

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United States Marine Corps

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Maritime land force service branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations through combined arms, implementing its own infantry, artillery, aerial, and special operations forces.

Maritime land force service branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations through combined arms, implementing its own infantry, artillery, aerial, and special operations forces.

Emblem of the United States Marine Corps
U.S. Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit training
Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit depart USS Tarawa (LHA-1), using both a Landing Craft Utility and CH-53E "Super Stallion" helicopters, during amphibious operations in Kuwait, 2003.
Maj. Samuel Nicholas, first Commandant of the Marine Corps, was nominated to lead the Continental Marines by John Adams in November 1775.
British and U.S. troops garrisoned aboard Hornet and Penguin exchanging small arms musket fire with Tristan da Cuna in the background during the final engagement between British and U.S. forces in the War of 1812
The Final Stand at Bladensburg, Maryland, 24 August 1814
Five USMC privates with fixed bayonets, and their NCO with his sword at the Washington Navy Yard, 1864
Georges Scott, American Marines in Belleau Wood, 1918
Former French Foreign Legion Lieutenant, and U.S. Marine Corps officer Peter J. Ortiz, who served in the European theater, often behind enemy lines
Photograph of the Marine Corps War Memorial, which depicts the second U.S. flag-raising atop Mount Suribachi, on Iwo Jima. The memorial is modeled on Joe Rosenthal's famous Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.
F4U Corsairs providing close air support to Marines of the 1st Marine Division fighting Chinese forces in North Korea, December 1950
U.S. Marines of "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines in action during Operation Allen Brook in South Vietnam, 1968
Beirut Memorial at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marines entering a palace in Baghdad in 2003
U.S. Marines dismounting from an Assault Amphibious Vehicle in Djibouti
Organization of the United States Marine Corps
Marine Raiders conducting CQB training
Opha Johnson (far right) in 1946, with Katherine Towle (far left). They are looking at Opha Johnson's uniform being worn by PFC Muriel Albert.
Two of the first female graduates of the School of Infantry-East's Infantry Training Battalion course, 2013
Marine recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
U.S. Marines in training
An illustration of U.S. Marines in various uniform setups. From left to right: A U.S. Marine in a Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform with full combat load circa 2003, a U.S. Marine in a (full) blue dress uniform, a U.S. Marine officer in a service uniform, and a U.S. Marine general in an evening dress uniform.
The Eagle, Globe and Anchor along with the U.S. flag, the Marine Corps flag and the Commandant's flag
A recruiting poster making use of the "Teufel Hunden" [sic] nickname
Marines training in martial arts
Marines firing MEU(SOC) pistols while garrisoned aboard a ship
Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicles emerge from the surf onto the sand of Freshwater Beach, Australia
Marine parachutists jumping from an MV-22 Osprey at 10,000 feet
A Marine Corps F-35B, the vertical-landing version of the F-35 Lightning II multirole fighter landing aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1)
Assault Amphibious Vehicles approaching the well deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6)
A Marine and sailor training with rifles in Iraq
A soldier from the 1st Infantry Regiment provides security for a joint Army-Marine patrol in Rawa in 2006. The shoulder sleeve insignia has the logo of the 2nd Marine Division.
Marines unloading CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters from an Air Force C-5 Galaxy

The Marine Corps has been part of the U.S. Department of the Navy since 30 June 1834 with its sister service, the United States Navy.

United States Naval Academy

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Federal service academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Federal service academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Rotunda steps leading to Memorial Hall
U.S. Naval Academy in 1853
Stereoscopic views of midshipman quarters and mess hall c. 1905
US Naval Academy waterfront in the late 1860s with the barrack/school ships USS Constitution and Santee tied up in the background. Other ships not identified.
David Dixon Porter
The graduating class of 1894
The U.S. Naval Academy was honored by the U.S. Post Office on a commemorative stamp, depicting two midshipmen in past (left) and present uniforms, with the Naval Academy seal at center, issued in 1937.
Naval Academy Midshipmen celebrate after graduation.
Rank structure
U.S. Naval Academy campus
Plebes (first year students) marching in front of Bancroft Hall
Interior of the Naval Academy chapel
The pool in the Lejeune Hall
Mexican War Monument to Midshipmen Shubrick, Clemson, Hynson, and Pillsbury
The 1926 National Championship football team
Plebes receive basic martial arts instruction during Plebe Summer training
Plebes paddle pontoon boats during a team-building portion of Sea Trials
A bagpiper with the Naval Academy Pipes and Drums
Wendy B. Lawrence
United States Naval Academy flag
George Dewey
Albert A. Michelson Class of 1873
William Daniel Leahy Class of 1897
Ernest King
William F. Halsey Jr. Class of 1904
Chester William Nimitz Class of 1905
Frank Jack Fletcher Class of 1906
Isaac Campbell Kidd
John Sidney McCain, Sr.
Raymond A. Spruance
Richmond Kelly Turner
Daniel Judson Callaghan
Norman Scott
Hyman G. Rickover
Robert Anson Heinlein
John Sidney McCain Jr.
Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr.
Walter Marty Schirra Jr.
James Earl Carter Jr.
Jeremiah A. Denton Jr.
James Bond Stockdale
James Benson Irwin
James Arthur Lovell Jr.
Thomas Patten Stafford
Henry Ross Perot
William Alison Anders
Charles Moss Duke Jr.
John Sidney McCain III
Bruce McCandless II
Robert McFarlane
Joe Bellino
Roger Thomas Staubach
Oliver Laurence North
James Henry Webb Jr.
Montel Williams
Napoleon McCallum
John Fuller
Kenneth Ham
David Maurice Robinson
Sunita Lyn Williams
Keenan Reynolds

The Naval Academy is the second oldest of the five U.S. service academies and it educates midshipmen for service in the officer corps of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.

USS Enterprise in 1939

USS Enterprise (CV-6)

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USS Enterprise in 1939
VT-6 TBDs on USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway
Near hit during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942
A Japanese bomb explodes on the flight deck of Enterprise on 24 August 1942, during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, causing minor damage.
En route to attack Makin Island on 10 November 1943, this Grumman F6F Hellcat (VF-2) crash landed on Enterprises flight deck.
Enterprise on the right with the Fifth Fleet at Majuro, 1944.
A photo taken from the battleship USS Washington (BB-56) shows an explosion on Enterprise from a bomb-laden kamikaze. The ship's forward elevator was blown approximately 400 ft into the air from the force of the explosion six decks below.
Enterprise awaiting disposal at the New York Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1958; the recently launched USS Independence (CV-62) is fitting-out on the opposite pier face
The stern plate of USS Enterprise located in River Vale, New Jersey.
The ship's insignia of Enterprise
British Admiralty Pennant
Near hit during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942

USS Enterprise (CV-6) was a carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1930s.

Four modern aircraft carriers of various types—USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), Charles de Gaulle (French Navy), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), helicopter carrier —and escort vessels, 2002

Aircraft carrier

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Warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft.

Warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft.

Four modern aircraft carriers of various types—USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), Charles de Gaulle (French Navy), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), helicopter carrier —and escort vessels, 2002
Chart comparing a range of aircraft carriers, from longest (top left) to shortest
Comparison of aircraft carriers
French aircraft carrier (rear), and US Navy carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) conducting joint operations in the Persian Gulf; both with the CATOBAR configuration.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) a United States Navy fleet carrier, also often referred to as a supercarrier, seen here underway in 2019 crossing the Atlantic.
of the Indian Navy has the STOBAR configuration.
The Royal Navy's HMS Ark Royal in 1939, with Swordfish biplane bombers passing overhead. The British aircraft carrier was involved in the crippling of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941
The conducted the world's first naval-launched air raids in 1914
USS Enterprise (CV-6), the most decorated US warship of World War II
The Japanese carrier Shinano was the biggest carrier in World War II, and the largest ship sunk by a submarine.
An F6F-5 landing on the French Arromanches in the Tonkin Gulf, 1953.
USS Tripoli, a U.S. Navy Iwo Jima-class helicopter carrier
USS Enterprise (CVN-65), "The Big E", the world's first nuclear-powered carrier, commissioned in 1961
The first carrier landing and take-off of a jet aircraft: Eric "Winkle" Brown landing on in 1945
Catapult launches aboard USS Ronald Reagan
Island control structure of USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
The command bridge of the aircraft carrier
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, a Type 001 aircraft carrier
The aircraft carrier of the French Navy
(IAC-1) at sea during her maiden sea trials
Helicopter carrier Izumo (DDH-183) at sea
Spanish Juan Carlos I with Harrier II
The aircraft carrier of the Royal Thai Navy
at the Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, 9 January 2020.
, a Royal Navy aircraft carrier and lead ship of her class
USS Nimitz (CVN-68), the lead of her class, seen here in 2009, was commissioned into service in 1975.
USS Enterprise (CVN-80), the third US Navy carrier to bear the name, is a Gerald R. Ford-class carrier currently under construction and expected to enter service in 2028. (artist's impression)
INS Vikrant of the Indian Navy has the STOBAR configuration.
Countries currently operating fixed-wing aircraft carriers (8)
Countries currently solely operating helicopter carriers (6)
Historical operators of carriers (3)

The United States Navy has 11 large nuclear-powered fleet carriers—carrying around 80 fighters each—the largest carriers in the world; the total combined deck space is over twice that of all other nations combined.

Constitution fires her cannons as she is tugged through Boston Harbor in 2021

USS Constitution

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Constitution fires her cannons as she is tugged through Boston Harbor in 2021
Constitution c. 1803–04
USS Philadelphia (1799) burning in Tripoli Harbor
USS Constitution participating in the bombardment of Tripoli, 3 August 1804, painting by Michele Felice Cornè, 1752–1845
Constitution during the chase
Constitution and Guerriere in battle.
Diagram of the battle between Constitution and Java
The Andrew Jackson figurehead as depicted by Harpers Weekly in 1875
The earliest known photograph of Constitution, undergoing repairs in 1858
Philadelphia Navy Yard 1874
As a barracks ship in Boston c. 1905
Transiting the Panama Canal 1932
USS Constitution Commemorative stamp, 150th anniversary issue of 1947
Officers and crew of USS Constitution, July 2005
USS Constitution underway
alt=A photo of a ship without sails. There is white cannon smoke emitting from the left and right sides of the ship. A tugboat is alongside|Constitution fires a 21-gun salute toward Fort Independence
Constitution sails into Boston Harbor
USS Constitution in dry dock for restoration work in 2016
USS Constitution in dock, 2018
USS Constitution docked in April 2022 with the Boston Skyline in the background.
One of the cannons aboard Constitution
Inside USS Constitution in 2015
Commodore's forward cabin (historical)
Commander Billie J. Farrell, first female Captain of Constitution, seen here in January 2022

USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is a three-masted wooden-hulled heavy frigate of the United States Navy.

Organizational chart of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV).

Structure of the United States Navy

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Organizational chart of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV).
Numbered fleets of the United States Navy
Members of Inshore Boat Unit 24 patrol near Kuwait Naval Base.
A Marine F/A-18 from VMFA-451 prepares to launch from the USS Coral Sea (CV-43)

The structure of the United States Navy consists of four main bodies: the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, the operating forces (described below), and the Shore Establishment.

The American aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) explodes on 8 May 1942, several hours after being damaged by a Japanese carrier air attack.

Battle of the Coral Sea

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Major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces of the United States and Australia.

Major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces of the United States and Australia.

The American aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) explodes on 8 May 1942, several hours after being damaged by a Japanese carrier air attack.
Japanese advances in the Southwest Pacific from December 1941 to April 1942
Shigeyoshi Inoue, commander of the Fourth Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy
Frank Jack Fletcher, commander of U.S. Task Force 17
Map of the battle, 3–9 May, showing the movements of most of the major forces involved
Yorktown conducts aircraft operations in the Pacific sometime before the battle. A fleet oiler is in the near background.
Zuikaku crewmen service aircraft on the carrier's flight deck on 5 May
Animated map of the battle, 6–8 May
Japanese carrier dive bombers head towards the reported position of U.S. carriers on 7 May.
USS Neosho (AO-23) is left burning and slowly sinking at the completion of the Japanese dive bombing attack.
2-S-12 From Scouting Squadron 2 on board the USS Lexington on 7 and 8 May 1942 when she took part in the Battle of Coral Sea. Lexington would later be lost due to severe fires during the middle of the day after the Japanese attack.
Shōhō is bombed and torpedoed by U.S. carrier aircraft.
HMAS Australia (center) and TG17.3 under air attack on 7 May
Under overcast skies, an A6M Zero fighter leads the air group launch off the deck of Shōkaku on the morning of 8 May.
Yorktown (foreground) and Lexington turn to launch aircraft under clear skies on 8 May.
Shōkaku, at high speed and turning hard, has suffered bomb strikes and is afire.
Lexington (center right), afire and under heavy attack, in a photograph taken from a Japanese aircraft.
Tamotsu Ema, leader of the Zuikaku dive bombers that damaged Yorktown
Lexington, burning and abandoned
Bomb damage to Shōkakus bow and forward flight deck
Yorktown in drydock at Pearl Harbor on 29 May 1942, shortly before departing for Midway
The 39th Australian Infantry Battalion defending the approach to Port Moresby along the Kokoda Track in September 1942. AWM 013288.
A 13 May 1942 editorial cartoon from the Japanese English-language newspaper Japan Times & Advertiser depicts a dejected Uncle Sam joining John Bull in erecting grave markers for Allied ships which Japan had sunk, or claimed to have sunk, at Coral Sea and elsewhere.

The U.S. learned of the Japanese plan through signals intelligence and sent two U.S. Navy carrier task forces and a joint Australian-American cruiser force to oppose the offensive, under the overall command of U.S. Admiral Frank J. Fletcher.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff in December 2020.

United States Armed Forces

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The United States Armed Forces are the military forces of the United States.

The United States Armed Forces are the military forces of the United States.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff in December 2020.
Organization of the military services and military departments within the Department of Defense
Logo of the United States Army
U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division return fire during a firefight with Taliban forces in Barawala Kalay Valley in Kunar province, Afghanistan on 31 March 2011.
U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams tanks from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment maneuver in the streets as they conduct a combat patrol in the city of Tall Afar, Iraq, on Feb. 3, 2005.
Eagle, Globe, and Anchor
U.S. Marines with India Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit run on the beach during an amphibious assault demonstration.
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft attached to VMX-22 prepares to land on the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) in the Pacific Ocean.
Logo of the United States Navy
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and Carrier Strike Group 3 underway with Republic of Korea Navy ships.
USS Nebraska (SSBN-739), an 
 ballistic missile submarine underway in the Atlantic Ocean.
United States Air Force Symbol
F-22A Raptors in flight.
U.S. Air Force B-2A Spirit stealth bombers flying with Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters.
Space Force Delta
The Sodium Guidestar at the Directed Energy Directorate's Starfire Optical Range for real-time, high-fidelity tracking and imaging of satellites.
Boeing X-37B spaceplane after deorbiting and landing.
Service mark of the United States Coast Guard
USCGC Hamilton and TCG Turgutries in the Black Sea, April 30, 2021.
Coast Guard Reserve Port Security boat on patrol
Unified combatant commands areas of responsibility
A pie chart showing global military expenditures by country for 2019, in US$ billions, according to SIPRI
Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester, awarded the Silver Star for direct combat
ADM Linda L. Fagan June 2021.

The armed forces consists of six service branches: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard.

U.S. Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers of VS-8 from USS Hornet (CV-8) about to attack the burning Japanese cruiser for the third time on 6 June 1942

Battle of Midway

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Major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that took place on 4–7 June 1942, six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that took place on 4–7 June 1942, six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea.

U.S. Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers of VS-8 from USS Hornet (CV-8) about to attack the burning Japanese cruiser for the third time on 6 June 1942
U.S. Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers of VS-8 from USS Hornet (CV-8) about to attack the burning Japanese cruiser for the third time on 6 June 1942
The extent of Japanese military expansion in the Pacific, April 1942
Midway Atoll, several months before the battle. Eastern Island (with the airfield) is in the foreground, and the larger Sand Island is in the background to the west.
USS Yorktown (CV-5) at Pearl Harbor days before the battle
, the flagship of the Japanese carrier striking force which attacked Pearl Harbor, as well as Darwin, Rabaul, and Colombo, in April 1942 prior to the battle
Torpedo bomber Martin B-26 Marauder "Susie-Q" of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22nd Bombardment Group, USAAF, was flown by 1/Lt James Perry Muri during the Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942
Movements during the battle, according to William Koenig in Epic Sea Battles
A B-17 attack misses Hiryū; this was taken between 08:00–08:30. A Shotai of three Zeros is lined up near the bridge. This was one of several combat air patrols launched during the day.
Ensign George Gay (right), sole survivor of VT-8's TBD Devastator squadron, in front of his aircraft, 4 June 1942
Devastators of VT-6 aboard USS Enterprise (CV-6) being prepared for takeoff during the battle
Yorktown at the moment of impact of a torpedo from a Nakajima B5N of Lieutenant Hashimoto's 2nd chūtai
Hiryū, shortly before sinking, photo taken by a Yokosuka B4Y off the carrier Hōshō
shortly before sinking
A rescued U.S. airman on Midway
Japanese survivors of Hiryū picked up by USS Ballard
This SBD-2 was one of sixteen dive bombers of VMSB-241 launched from Midway on the morning of 4 June. Holed 219 times in the attack on the carrier Hiryū, it survives today at the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida.
The Midway Memorial

The U.S. Navy under Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, Frank J. Fletcher, and Raymond A. Spruance defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy under Admirals Isoroku Yamamoto, Chūichi Nagumo, and Nobutake Kondō north of Midway Atoll, inflicting devastating damage on the Japanese fleet.

Diagonal riders for hull stiffness are depicted here from the 1992 restoration of Constitution.

Original six frigates of the United States Navy

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The United States Congress authorized the original six frigates of the United States Navy with the Naval Act of 1794 on March 27, 1794, at a total cost of $688,888.82.

The United States Congress authorized the original six frigates of the United States Navy with the Naval Act of 1794 on March 27, 1794, at a total cost of $688,888.82.

Diagonal riders for hull stiffness are depicted here from the 1992 restoration of Constitution.
The launching of USS Constitution
Carronade on the spar deck of Constitution
Naval Battle Between the United States & The Macedonian on October 30, 1812 by Thomas Birch, 1813
USS Constellation by John W. Schmidt
USS Constitution under sail for the first time in 116 years on July 21, 1997.
USS Chesapeake
Sail plan of Congress.
U.S.S. President at Anchor in Heavy Swell, watercolor by John Russell.

These ships were built during the formative years of the United States Navy, on the recommendation of designer Joshua Humphreys for a fleet of frigates powerful enough to engage any frigates of the French or British navies yet fast enough to evade any ship of the line.