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Establishing the Navy

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Bill to Establish the Department...
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Bill to Establish the Department of the Navy, April 11, 1798

Signed into law April 30, 1798, this bill removed the Navy from the Department of War and established it as a separate office. Under the National Security Act of 1947, the Navy Department became part of the Department of Defense.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration