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The U.S. Navy Quiz
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By sea and by air, it is one of the most formidable military outfits on the planet. How much do you know about the United States Navy?

About how many Navy personnel are on active duty?

  • 190,000
  • 330,000
  • 620,000

How many people are in the Navy's ready reserve, the reserves who are most likely to be called to active duty?

  • 53,000
  • 88,000
  • 107,000

Who was the earliest proponent of a navy during the American Revolution?

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington

What percentage of Navy service members are female?

  • 5%
  • 10%
  • 20%

What do all U.S. submariners have in common?

  • They all have excellent low-light vision.
  • They all have at least four-year college degrees.
  • They are all volunteers.

What was the name of the first armed ship of the American Revolution?

  • Mary
  • Hannah
  • Clara

About how much does it cost to build a modern aircraft carrier?

  • around $22 billion
  • around $5 billion
  • around $12 billion

In 1781, how many ships were in the Continental Navy?

  • two
  • 12
  • 22

The special forces unit of the Navy is called what?

  • Green Berets
  • SEALs
  • Delta Force

In earlier days, Navy tattoos were symbols for what?

  • a sailor's name
  • locations a sailor had traveled
  • where a sailor trained

In a ship's name, what does the USS stand for?

  • United States Shipload
  • United States Ship
  • Untied States Shipyard

How many aircraft carriers does the U.S. Navy have?

  • three
  • 19
  • eight

By what ratio was the U.S. Navy outnumbered during the War of 1812?

  • 20 to 1
  • 30 to 1
  • 40 to 1

The Navy's TOPGUN school was founded to improve which pilot skill?

  • dogfighting
  • strafing
  • bombing

How many submarines does the U.S. Navy have for its various missions?

  • 112
  • 75
  • 43

How many deployable battle force ships does the Navy currently have at its disposal?

  • 272
  • 521
  • 663

About how many aircraft does the Navy have for its use?

  • 2,300
  • 3,700
  • 900

What is the primary function of the Navy's Seabees?

  • construction
  • medical
  • weather forecasting

What animal appears on the Navy's maritime flag that is flown on the jackstaff?

  • bear
  • rattlesnake
  • eagle

How many future presidents served in the Navy during WWII?

  • three
  • four
  • six

What is the Navy's motto?

  • "Peace through strength"
  • "Not for self but for country"
  • "Whatever it takes"

How many officers have the privilege of flying with the Blue Angels, a flight demonstration squad?

  • 10
  • 17
  • 23

The trident insignia that Navy SEALs wear is sometimes nicknamed what?

  • Budweiser
  • Cuervo
  • J√§germeister

The Navy's littoral combat ships are designed to operate optimally in which environment?

  • Near-shore environments
  • Open-sea environments
  • Freshwater environments

Which class of ships are sometimes called the "greyhounds of the sea?"

  • destroyers
  • cruisers
  • amphibious assault ships

How many aircraft can the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier take on a mission?

  • around 60
  • around 90
  • around 200

How long did it take to construct the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the newest aircraft carrier in the Navy's fleet?

  • 18 months
  • three years
  • seven years

How long is the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier?

  • 780 feet
  • 1,092 feet
  • 1,322 feet

How many major types of submarines are there in the U.S. Navy?

  • five
  • four
  • three

The Navy's DD-21 ships were the first ships to be powered by what?

  • diesel
  • nuclear
  • electric