Unquestioned heir to the British Empire of old, the American Navy is the mightiest force to ever rule the waves. Unchallenged masters of the waters both above and below, the US Navy's power and flexibility allows it to spearhead the use of American military power at virtually any point, at any time. Lurking deep beneath the world's oceans, America's submarine force is the most dangerous third of the Nuclear Triad, always ready if need be to rain destruction from afar, their perfect stealth keeping them safe from both interdiction and reprisal. Meanwhile, America's aircraft carriers are virtual floating cities, each containing dozens of combat aircraft capable of extending the reach of the US military to places far beyond their land-based cousins.
The US Navy is therefore the dreams and predictions of Mahan realized: He saw the ocean not as vast and impassible, but as an enormous highway for the transportation of men and munitions to virtually any land-based target. Where there is a coast, there American power - or at least the threat of American power - lies.
How much do you know about the modern American Navy? We have here in this quiz pictures of many of the US Navy's finest vessels: Can you recognize them at a mere glance? Only the most savvy sailor need apply!