Edited by Timothy J. Lynch Over entries The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History offers both assessment and analysis of the key episodes, issues and actors in the military and diplomatic history of the United States.
Origins[ edit ] It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.
The rationale for establishing a national navy was debated in the Second Continental Congress.
Supporters argued that a navy would protect shipping, defend the coast, and make it easier to seek out support from foreign countries. Commander in Chief George Washington resolved the debate when he commissioned the ocean-going schooner USS Hannah to interdict British merchant ships, and reported the captures to the Congress.
On 13 Octoberthe Continental Congress authorized the purchase of two vessels to be armed for a cruise against British merchant ships; this resolution created the Continental Navy and is considered the first establishment of the U.
The sole armed maritime presence between and the launching of the U. Although the USRCS conducted operations against the pirates, their depredations far outstripped its abilities and Congress passed the Naval Act of that established a permanent standing navy on 27 March Due to his strong posture on having a strong standing Navy during this period, John Adams is "often called the father of the American Navy".
Navy saw substantial action in the War ofwhere it was victorious in eleven single-ship duels with the Royal Navy.
It drove all significant British forces off Lake Erie and Lake Champlain and prevented them from becoming British-controlled zones. The result was a major defeat for the British invasion of New York stateand the defeat of the military threat from the Native American allies of the British.
Despite this, the U. Navy was unable to prevent the British from blockading its ports and landing troops. Navy primarily focused its attention on protecting American shipping assets, sending squadrons to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, where it participated in the Second Barbary War that ended piracy in the region, South America, Africa, and the Pacific.
Navy blockaded Mexican ports, capturing or burning the Mexican fleet in the Gulf of California and capturing all major cities in Baja California peninsula. In — the Navy successfully used the Pacific Squadron under Commodore Robert Stockton and its marines and blue-jackets to facilitate the capture of California with large scale land operations coordinated with the local militia organized in the California Battalion.
The Navy conducted the U. When larger guns were needed to bombard Veracruz, Navy volunteers landed large guns and manned them in the successful bombardment and capture of the city. This successful landing and capture of Veracruz opened the way for the capture of Mexico City and the end of the war.
Navy established itself as a player in United States foreign policy through the actions of Commodore Matthew Perry in Japan, which resulted in the Convention of Kanagawa in Naval power played a significant role during the American Civil Warin which the Union had a distinct advantage over the Confederacy on the seas.
Navy had blue-water capability. Our ships are our natural bulwarks. Navy and its easy victory over the Spanish Navy in brought a new respect for American technical quality. Rapid building of at first pre-dreadnoughts, then dreadnoughts brought the U.
Navy spent much of its resources protecting and shipping hundreds of thousands of Soldiers and Marines of the American Expeditionary Force and war supplies across the Atlantic in U-boat infested waters with the Cruiser and Transport Force.
It also concentrated on laying the North Sea Mine Barrage. Hesitation by the senior command meant that naval forces were not contributed until late Its presence allowed the British to decommission some older ships and reuse the crews on smaller vessels.
The strength of the United States Navy grew under an ambitious ship building program associated with the Naval Act of Naval construction, especially of battleships, was limited by the Washington Naval Conference of — Navy possessed a carrier fleet oftonnes displacementalthough this figure was nominally recorded astonnes to comply with treaty limitations.
Franklin Roosevelt, the number two official in the Navy Department during World War I, appreciated the Navy and gave it strong support. In return, senior leaders were eager for innovation and experimented with new technologies, such as magnetic torpedoes, and developed a strategy called War Plan Orange for victory in the Pacific in a hypothetical war with Japan that would eventually become reality.
Though ultimately unsuccessful, Japan attempted to neutralize this strategic threat with the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December Following American entry into the war, the U.
Navy grew tremendously as the United States was faced with a two-front war on the seas. Navy was operating 6, ships on V-J Day in August Navy had followed in the footsteps of the navies of Great Britain and Germany which favored concentrated groups of battleships as their main offensive naval weapons.
The Pearl Harbor attack destroyed or took out of action a significant number of U. This placed much of the burden of retaliating against the Japanese on the small number of aircraft carriers. Navy to continue its technological advancement by developing new weapons systems, ships, and aircraft.Commerce Tacoma, Washington () or toll-free [email protected] Modified: August 31, The modern association of world violence is neither undying nor average, argues Janice Thomson.
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