Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Navy Quiz?

By: Geoff Hoppe

Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Navy Quiz?
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About This Quiz

The U.S. Navy has been defending her country for well over two centuries. That's 200+ years of battles, campaigns and patrols on the sea, air and land. That's countless thousands of sailors, Marines and aviators who've sacrificed for their country. That's also a lot of information, and a standing challenge to see how much you know. 

In the same way Navy midshipmen challenge themselves to constantly be better in their defense of their country, challenge yourself to see how much you know about the people who keep our oceans safe. How many Navy ships do you know? How many sea battles can you name? Are you aware of trivia like what animal is present on the sidelines of Naval Academy football games? 

You might be surprised at some of the information here. The Navy has been a path to international dominance, victory in World Wars, technological developments, and even outer space, for numerous Middies. The question is how your knowledge matches up against the Navy's many milestones. 

If you think you've got what it takes to get more than 11 on this quiz about the United States Navy, jump in feet first and put your knowledge of the Navy to the test!

What ship is nicknamed Old Ironsides?
USS Constitution
The USS Constitution is better known as Old Ironsides. It got that name when a British cannonball bounced off the side of the ship.
USS Declaration
USS Virginia
USS Madison

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What 1942 naval battle is often cited as the turning point in America's war in the Pacific?
The Battle of Okinawa
The Battle of Midway
The Battle of Midway took place from June 4-7, 1942. It's often cited as a turning point that halted Japan's offensive momentum.
The Battle of Tarawa
The Battle of Burma

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What is the highest rank currently available in the U.S. Navy?
Ensign
Lieutenant
Admiral
Admiral is the highest rank currently held in the Navy. Fleet Admiral is technically higher, but no one holds currently holds that position.
Captain

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What name is given to the North Vietnamese attack on the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy in August, 1964?
The China Sea Incident
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident is the name given to the torpedoing of the USS Maddox in 1964. As a result, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed by the U.S. Congress, which led to the escalation of U.S. war efforts in Vietnam.
The Gulf of Mexico Incident
The Paracel Islands Incident

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This was history's first nuclear submarine...
The USS Nimitz
The USS Dallas
The USS Hunley
The USS Nautilus
The U.S. Navy's USS Nautilus was the first submarine powered by nuclear energy. The Nautilus was first launched in 1954.

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What is the lowest commissioned rank in the U.S. Navy?
Captain
Plebe
Executive Officer
Ensign
Ensign is the lowest commissioned (officer) rank in the U.S. Navy. Ensign is also the lowest pay grade.

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Who was commander in chief of America's Pacific Fleet during WWII?
Douglas MacArthur
Chester Nimitz
Chester Nimitz commanded American naval forces in the Pacific theater. Nimitz was a great supporter of the use of submarines, having served as chief of staff to the commander of America's submarine fleet in WW1.
John Paul Jones
Matthew Perry

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What sunken ship is underneath a memorial at Pearl Harbor?
USS Wyoming
USS Wisconson
USS Illinois
USS Arizona
The USS Arizona is directly beneath the USS Arizona Memorial, at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The memorial was designed by Alfred Preis, an Austrian who emigrated to the United States to escape the Nazi invasion of his country.

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What lengthy WWII naval "battle" lasted multiple years, and was essentially one long, massive campaign?
The Battle of the Caribbean
The Battle of the Atlantic
The Battle of the Atlantic is the name given to naval actions in the Atlantic between 1939 and 1945. Much of the "Battle" concerned shipping from America to Britain.
The Battle of the Mediterranean
The Battle of the Bismarck

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This legendary American naval commander is famous for the quote, "Sir, I have not yet begun to fight..."
John Hightower
John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones uttered the words "I have not yet begun to fight" in a Revolutionary War battle between his ship, the Bonhomme Richard, and a British warship, the Serapis. John Paul Jones' remains were interred at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1906.
David Farragut
Chester Nimitz

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What is the term for an anchor that has its chain wrapped around it?
fouled anchor
A fouled anchor has its chain wrapped around it, or, in some cases, is caught on something. The fouled anchor has been adopted as the emblem of a Chief Petty Officer.
forced anchor
fumbled anchor
frank anchor

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In which African country did piracy become a problem for the Navy in the early 21st century?
Egypt
Chad
Somalia
The area off the coast of Somalia became a major hotspot for piracy in the early 21st century. Naval counter-piracy efforts also focused on the Gulf of Guinea, and Southeast Asia.
South Africa

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What is the U.S. Navy's official song?
Anchors Aweigh
"Anchors Aweigh" is the U.S. Navy's official song. It was written in 1906, originally as a college fight song.
As the Caissons Go Rolling Along
From the Halls of Montezuma
The Navy Hymn

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What emotion are The Navy SEALS formally trained to process differently than most people?
Joy
Fear
Navy SEALs are trained to process fear in a more efficient fashion. This surely helps in their highly hazardous line of work.
Anger
Sadness

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The sinking of what Navy ship near Havana, in 1898, began the Spanish-American War?
USS Nevada
USS Arkansas
USS Texas
USS Maine
The sinking of the USS Maine on Feb. 5, 1898, became a rallying point for those who wanted to declare war on Spain. In April of 1898, the U.S. would declare war on Spain, eventually winning territories in Cuba, Guam, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

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In what year was the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as Top Gun, started?
1941
1951
1955
1969
The Top Gun school was started in 1969. Thanks to Top Gun, Navy pilots increased their kill ratio from 2:1 against enemies, to 13 enemy planes downed for every one American plane downed.

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What 1958 Naval Academy graduate refused release from a Vietnamese prison camp before other POWs were first released?
Teddy Roosevelt
John McCain
John McCain refused to be released early, and chose instead to uphold the Navy order that soldiers should only be released in the order they're captured. As punishment, his North Vietnamese captors tortured him for several days.
Buzz Aldrin
Scott Crossfield

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At what WWII naval battle in the southern Solomon Islands did the Japanese fleet lose 24 ships?
The Battle of A Bao A Qu
The Battle of Konpei Island
The Battle of Midway
The Battle of Guadalcanal
The Battle of Guadalcanal saw the Japanese and American fleets lose 24 ships each. The naval battle was actually part of a larger land, sea and air battle in which the U.S. captured an important Japanese airfield.

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What class of ship, first ordered in 1978, can launch Tomahawk missiles, and can be also be used for anti-submarine and anti-aircraft purposes?
Corvette
Aircraft carrier
Destroyer
Guided missile cruiser
Guided missile cruisers were first ordered in 1978, and can fire Tomahawk cruise missiles. 22 of the 27 guided missile cruisers are still in action.

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Which Navy aviator was the first man to stand on the moon?
John McCain
Scott O'Grady
Buzz Aldrin
Neil Armstrong
Before going to space, Neil Armstrong flew an F9F Panther in the Korean War. Armstrong also flew the experimental X-15 before he went to space.

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What guided missile destroyer, launched in 2013, has a stealth profile?
The USS Zumwalt
The USS Zumwalt is a guided missile destroyer with a stealth profile that makes it a much smaller mark on enemy radar (smaller by a factor of 50). At one point, the name of the ship's captain was, fortuitously, James Kirk.
The USS Schliemann
The USS Alabama
The USS Carper

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Which Revolutionary War naval battle turned away a British fleet attempting to reinforce Lord Cornwallis?
The Battle of Charleston
The Battle of Sandy Hook
The Battle of the Chesapeake
The Battle of the Chesapeake saw a joint French-American naval force repel a British naval force from backing up Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. The battle took place on Sept. 5, 1781.
The Battle of Hatteras

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What animal is the mascot of the U.S. Naval Academy?
A goat
The Naval Academy's mascot is Bill the Goat. The Naval Academy actually has two Bill the Goats, a costumed mascot and an actual goat.
A dolphin
A peregrine falcon
A shark

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Which sort of ships are crewed by volunteers?
Aircraft carriers
Destroyers
Minesweepers
Submarines
Submarines are crewed entirely by volunteers. Of course, there are certain perks to being a submariner, such as better-than-average chow on board.

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What U.S. naval officer is responsible for opening Japan in 1853?
Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry opened up Japan in 1853. Japan had been effectively closed off to outside powers since the early 1600s.
David Farragut
Chester Nimitz
Norman Schwarzkopf

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What is the name of the experimental stealth ship built by Lockheed-Martin, but never used by the Navy?
The Stealth Mariner
The Quiet Run
The Silent Siren
The Sea Shadow
The Sea Shadow is the name of the stealth boat tested by Lockheed, but never used by the Navy. However, some of the technology developed for the Sea Shadow found its way into the design of Navy submarines.

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This black sailor became famous for his bravery in firing back at Japanese pilots at Pearl Harbor...
Richard Overton
Dorie Miller
Dorie Miller, originally a cook, is famous for firing back at attacking Japanese planes. Miller also saved multiples lives by carrying fellow midshipmen out of damaged areas of his ship.
Glenn Miller
Carl Yazstremski

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At what War of 1812 naval battle did Captain Oliver Perry defeat a British naval force, and win the American navy's first squadron victory?
The Battle of Lake Superior
The Battle of Lake Anna
The Battle of Lake Erie
The Battle of Lake Erie saw Oliver Perry defeat a squadron of six British ships. The battle helped prevent the British from threatening America's Northwest Territories.
The Battle of Newfoundland

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What Alfred Thayer Mahan book argued that naval power was key to international dominance?
The Influence of Sea Power Upon History
Alfred Thayer Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History" argues that the British Empire became powerful, to a great extent, because of its navy. His book was highly influential, particularly on then-Assistant Secretary of the Navy Teddy Roosevelt.
Naval Superiority as a Key to Supremacy?
The Trireme Heritage
Under the Equatorial Sun

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This ship was the first commissioned aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy...
The USS Hunley
The USS Franklin
The USS Nautilus
The USS Langley
The USS Langley was the Navy's first aircraft carrier, commissioned in 1922. The Langley was actually a collier ship (a coal-carrier) that was transformed into an aircraft carrier. The Langley was scuttled in 1942 after a Japanese attack damaged her engines.

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The Continental Navy (the U.S. Navy's forerunner) was established by Congress in this year...
1775
The Navy dates its founding to Oct. 13, 1775. On that date, the Continental Congress bought two ships with the intent of disrupting British supply lines.
1781
1776
1783

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Who is the current Chief of Naval Operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
John M. Richardson
John M. Richardson is the current Chief of Naval Operations. He has held that position since Sept. 18, 2015.
Mark A. Milley
David L. Goldfein
Joseph F. Dunford

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How many active duty (non-reserve) members does the Navy currently have?
329,867
There are 329,867 active duty members of the Navy as of December 2018. There are roughly 100,000 reserve members.
513,947
129,573
293,755

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This Revolutionary War battle saw the first Marine amphibious landing...
The Battle of Santo Domingo
The Battle of San Juan
The Battle of Puerto Rico
The Battle of Nassau
The Battle of Nassau saw the first American Marine amphibious landing in the Revolutionary War. The battle's goal was the capture of British gunpowder and weapons to supply the Continental Army.

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What early American naval hero was famous for his conduct in the Barbary Wars, and was killed in a duel?
James Barron
Matthew Perry
John Paul Jones
Stephen Decatur
Stephen Decatur became famous for his heroism in the Barbary Wars. He was killed in a duel with James Barron, another naval officer.

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