The US Navy turns 243 today — check out these incredible photos of the Navy in action

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sampson (DDG 102) are underway behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

The US Navy is perhaps the most visible aspect of American military power, and it turned 243 years old Saturday.

The Navy was established on October 13, 1775, when the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution creating the Continental Navy, calling for two swift sailing vessels to be armed with 10 carriage guns and a proportional number of swivel guns, manned by a crew of eighty, and sent to intercept transport ships delivering munitions to the British army in America.

Since its establishment, the US Navy has evolved into an unmatched military force. These 15 awesome photos from the past year show the Navy in action.

Sailors maneuver a rigid hull inflatable boat alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) while participating in visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training during Exercise Bright Star 2018 on Sept 10, 2018.

Today, we celebrate 243 years of our #USNavy’s critical role in protecting and promoting American interests worldwide and honor our shipmates‘ immense contributions to our nation’s history and security,“ the US Navy tweeted Saturday morning.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 94, prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on Dec. 21, 2017

U.S. Navy Divers, assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, conduct an underwater pier survey with divers assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 in Apra Harbor on Dec. 14, 2017

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