In the post-World War world, the U.S. Navy remained a critical component during the tumultuous Cold War period (1947-1991) and marked notable service in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the 1991 Gulf War. More recently, the USN has committed to operations in Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) following the events of 9/11. U.S. COAST GUARD Ranks are presented as a separate listing here.
NOTE: The Five Star rank is generally reserved for wartime only but is also bestowed as an honorary rank.
Considering a career in the United States Navy? Then also consider United States Navy warships and submarines currently in service and United States Navy aircraft and helicopters currently in use for more information on available equipment.
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