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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (right) along with Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of Naval Operations; Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy; and Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, render honors Tuesday during a wreath-laying ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial. (U.S. Navy via Associated Press)

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U.S.S. Mahan (credit: U.S. Navy)

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USNS Impeccable, an intelligence-gathering ship, was harassed by a Chinese security ship last month in an incident that analysts say indicates Beijing is stepping up aggressive maritime encounters toward the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy)

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USNS Impeccable, an intelligence-gathering ship, was harassed by a Chinese security ship last month in an incident that analysts say indicates Beijing is stepping up aggressive maritime encounters toward the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy)

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US Navy SEALs, SEAL Team One. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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US Navy SEALs, SEAL Team One. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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Warrior Princess A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender, by Kristin Beck (formerly Chris Beck). (source: Amazon Books)

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U.S. NAVY/GENERAL DYNAMICS VIA GETTY IMAGES U S. Navy littoral combat ship began ocean trials July 2 in Mobile, Ala.

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A U.S. Navy SEAL using a computerized HMU underwater to take measurements of a beach landing area. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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US Navy SEALs, SEAL Team One. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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US Navy SEALs, SEAL Team One. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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The first copy of the 10 pound newly released US Naval Special Warfare / US Navy SEALs by Greg E. Mathieson Sr. and Dave Gatley. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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Author and photographer, Greg E. Mathieson Sr. stands in a dust storm at the secluded US Navy SEAL base in Fallujah, Iraq while producing exclusive material for the newly released book, US Naval Special Warfare / US Navy SEALs. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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Dave Gatley is an independent photojournalist who worked with Author and photographer, Greg E. Mathieson Sr. on the newly released book, US Naval Special Warfare / US Navy SEALs. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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A US Navy SEAL Sniper in Iraq. Photo: (C) 2010 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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A US Navy SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) moves away from a submarine onto its target as shown in the newly release coffee table top book, US Naval Special Warfare / US Navy SEALs. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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A U.S. Navy SEAL using a computerized HMU underwater to take measurements of a beach landing area. Photo: (C) 2011 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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Boxes of SECRET documents on the establishment and operations of the US Navy SEALs have remained up opened and declassified for some 50 years until declassified and released for the first time for the making of the newly released coffee table top book, US Naval Special Warfare / US Navy SEALs. Photo: (C) 2010 Greg E. Mathieson Sr. / NSW Publications, LLC

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** FILE ** The U.S. Navy planned to send minesweepers and warships into the Persian Gulf in September 2012 for exercises intended to make Iran think twice about any attempts to block oil tanker traffic through the narrow waterway that links the region’s oil fields with world markets. (Associated Press)

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Women have been permitted to serve on guided-missile submarines such as the USS Ohio since 2009. Now they will be able to serve on smaller submarines used for surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering. (U.S. Navy photograph)