Do you know which aircraft carriers are in commission right now? Do you know how many battleships the U.S. Navy is using? How about what the oldest naval ship still in use is? America's Navy not only keeps the United States secure as a world superpower, but it also develops cutting-edge technology, brings relief and medical aid to disaster zones, and instills a sense of pride and tradition in the young men and women who serve. The U.S. Navy covers the world to bring safety and peace over the oceans and in the air, and the ships it commissions are the all-important infrastructure of that security and peace.
The U.S. Navy has been serving America since 1775, and its ships have been sailing the world ever since. Maybe you know the ships because you have been a U.S. Navy sailor your whole life, or perhaps you are just a lifelong naval enthusiast. Either way, this quiz will take you from the earliest U.S. Navy ship to the latest and most advanced naval vessels in the United States Fleet. Do you have a passion for the U.S. Navy in your heart and blood? Or are you just a casual aficionado of naval warfare? Test your knowledge of the largest Navy in the world with this intense quiz to find out!
The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy. It was launched in 1797.
The first nuclear-powered submarine was called Nautilus. It was launched in 1954.
The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was the USS Enterprise. It was launched in 1961 and decommissioned in 2017.
On a navy ship, walls are referred to as bulkheads.
U.S. Navy crew members sleep in a rack. Sounds cozy.
Navy crew members eat in a mess. That's especially true in rough seas!
The first U.S. ships were authorized in 1775. They were authorized by the Continental Congress.
The USS Missouri is 108 feet, 2 inches wide. It's classified as an Iowa battleship.
The USS Missouri displaces 57,500 tons. That's a lot of water.
The first aircraft carrier, before it was an aircraft carrier, was called USS Jupiter.
The first aircraft carrier, converted from a warship, was the USS Langley. It was the navy's first turbo-electric-powered ship.
Curtiss and pilot Ely first successfully landed a plane on an aircraft carrier. They originally used ropes.
On U.S. carriers, the fuel handlers are called grapes. They wear purple shirts, of course.
Aircraft directors wear yellow shirts on US carriers. In essence, they decide where to park each plane on the carrier.
Carrier crew members call the tower or bridge the island. It's about 150 feet tall.
The eight ships of Washington's fleet were the Washington, Hannah, Hancock, Lynch, Lee, Warren Harrison and Franklin. The fleet was commissioned in 1775.
The Secretary of the Navy gets to name all U.S. ships. The Chief of Naval Operations gives a list of suggestions.
In Gene Roddenberry's first draft of the "Star Trek" series, the Enterprise was called the Yorktown.
On an aircraft carrier, planes are called birds. The bird farm is where planes take off from.
David Farragut was the first U.S. Navy admiral. He fought in the War of 1812.
The USS Constitution was a frigate. It was used in the War of 1812.
Robert Fulton designed the first U.S. steam-powered warship. It fought in the War of 1812 and was destroyed in a gunpowder explosion in 1829.
The steam-powered frigate, the Fulton, was launched in 1837. The launch took place in New York.
The first U.S. steam-powered warships were propelled using paddle wheels. They were not ideal because disabling the paddle wheel would disable the ship.
The screw propeller replaced the paddle wheel in U.S. Navy ships. This device made steam power better for warships.
The Princeton was the first U.S. Navy ship fitted with a screw propeller. It was launched in 1843.
The Monitor and the Virginia were armored warships. They both participated in an 1862 battle.
The first U.S. Navy armored warships were powered by steam. Steam made U.S. warships more efficient.
The South Carolina and the Michigan, the first U.S. Navy big-gun ships, were put into service in 1910. These ships were bigger and faster than previous warships.
Crew chiefs wear brown shirts on U.S. carriers.
Munitions handlers wear red shirts on U.S. carriers. Don't be confused.
The first steam-powered warship was the Demologos. The word "demologos" means "voice of the people."
The USS Missouri is 37 feet, 9 inches deep at the keel.
At the end of the Civil War, the US Navy had 681 ships. Most of them were powered by steam.
The USS Missouri carries 73 weapons. The weapons include 32 armored Tomahawk missile launchers.