The U.S. Department of Navy Law and Legal Definition

The U.S. Department of Navy is one of the departments of the U.S. department of defense. The U.S. Department of the Navy was established in the year 1798. The department provides administrative and technical support to the U.S. Navy and the United States Marine Corps. The department provides for civilian leadership also. Initially, the department acted as a cabinet. When the Department of Defense was established, the department of Navy became a part of the Department of Defense. The Department comprises two uniformed services: the naval services and the U.S. Marine Corps.

The U.S. Department of Navy is headed by the Secretary of the Navy. The highest ranking military officers in the department are the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The executive officers of the department are responsible for the recruiting of military and civilian personnel. The executives organize, supplies, equip, train, mobilize and demobilize the Navy and Marine Corps. Moreover the executives support human capital and physical assets of the department. The Department oversees construction, outfitting and repair of naval ships, aircraft, equipment, and facilities.