By Torrance Grey on March 08, 2018
The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth, and while its supremacy in the air underscores much of that power, it is also essential that America's ships guard the waterways of the world. In part, this is about asserting control, as America keeps fleets in a quick striking distance of all the most important countries whether friendly or not.
If China wants to make a move on Taiwan, it has to get through a carrier group that could probably beat it without any assistance - and if you live in Taipei, you're probably very happy about that.
In part, however, it is a very benevolent affair. The American navy keeps down piracy on the high seas and ensures the security of essential routes like the Suez and Panama canals. Without this safety, world trade would be in serious danger and quality of life all over the planet would be in jeopardy.
The navy also charges in to help whenever there is a natural disaster, as it is obviously very good at getting a huge amount of resources to the right place at the right time!
The history of this incredible fighting force is rich and storied. Let's see how well you know it!