When was the U.S. Navy established? October 21, 2011 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: American History An American “Continental Navy” was established by the Second Continental Congress on October 13, 1775. It was disbanded after the War of Independence, in 1784. The first U.S. Navy was not established until April 30, 1798. Related PostsWho won the first Army–Navy football game?What was the rum ration in the British Navy?What was McHale’s first name on “McHale’s Navy” (ABC, 1962-66)?How many national forests have been established in the United States?When was the Cannes Film Festival established?