The United States Navy traces its origins to the establishment of the Continental Navy on October 13, 1775. On that day, the Continental Congress authorized the procurement, fitting out, manning and dispatch of two vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.
Since its earliest days, the U.S. Navy forward-deployed to deter and, if necessary, defeat our adversaries, safeguard our national interests, and defend our homeland. Today, in an increasingly complex global security environment, the mission endures and the Navy continues to deploy around the globe, from the Arabian Gulf to the South and East China Seas to the North Atlantic and beyond.
The Navy plays a key role in maintaining international stability, including the free flow of commerce across global markets. Approximately 90 percent of all world trade is conducted on the seas, and a strong, capable force is essential to protect shipping lanes.
At the same time the Navy provides vital humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, most recently supporting the recovery efforts following the hurricanes that devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. From planning and preparations before the storms, to recovery efforts after the storms, the Navy led the way, adapting to rapidly-changing requirements.
In each of these vital Naval missions, the Supply Corps plays a key role. We are Ready for Sea, with military and civilian personnel answering the call whenever and wherever they are most needed. As a Navy and as a supply community, we are defined by our integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness, and are poised for a bright future.