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A commander in the 20th century United States Navy, wearing the sleeve insignia for the rank as well as several military decorations.

1944 San Fransisco Bay in an alternate timelime

A US Navy Task Force gathered in an alternate 1944 in San Fransisco Bay

The United States Navy was the naval branch of the United States armed forces. The Navy was also responsible for aviation duties conducted from aircraft carriers.

The United States Navy wore officer rank insignia somewhat similar to the 23rd century Starfleet, that being a series of sleeve stripes to denote rank. Starfleet and US Navy uniforms, however, are quite different in appearance. One 20th century observer once remarked "that's hardly a Navy uniform" when seeing a Starfleet uniform. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

Benny Russell served in the Navy prior to 1938 where he wrote some of his earlier science fiction stories. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")

In an alternate timeline the San Francisco Bay was inadvertently visited in 1944 by Commander Charles Tucker III and Ensign Travis Mayweather in Shuttlepod 1 of the starship Enterprise NX-01. They witnessed that a substantial Navy Task Force, comprised of at least two aircraft carriers, had been gathered in the bay. (ENT: "Zero Hour", "Storm Front")

In 1968, John Christopher, upon hearing the name "USS Enterprise", mistook the starship for being a Navy vessel, before Captain Kirk corrected him, stating that UESPA was a "combined service." (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday")

In 1986, the aircraft carrier Enterprise was docked at the Alameda Naval Base in San Francisco. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

The 24th century equivalent of the United States Navy was the Federation Naval Patrol. (VOY: "Thirty Days")

Gene Roddenberry and his fellow producers used the real world US Navy as template for Starfleet when Star Trek: The Original Series was conceived and developed. (The Making of Star Trek; These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One, 1st ed, pp. 28-29; see also in this respect: Aircraft carrier)

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