Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
THE U.S. NAVY was established on October 13, 1775, with the Department of the Navy founded on April 30, 1798. While the mission of the U.S. Navy is to “maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas,” it also serves to provide important astronomical information to scientists and analysts. Given its handling of vast quantities of hazardous chemicals and environmentally-dangerous substances, the Navy recognizes its responsibility to the local and greater environments and makes efforts to remain environmentally conscious. One example of Naval efforts to study the effects of environmentally-hazardous materials took place in 2007. The U.S. Navy participated in a joint research effort to investigate the effect and impact of aerosols on global warming and climate change. The mission was called UAE2 (United Arab Emirates Unified Aerosol Experiment), took place in the Arabian Desert, and joined scientists from ...