The Constitution for the United States of America

Article 1
Section 8 - Paragraph 13

To provide and maintain a navy:

Almost all trade and commerce was conducted on the high seas.

Having a permanent Navy was crucial to the survival of the States and therefore the Federal Government as part of its mandate to Provide for the Common Defense was empowered to create and maintain a Navy.

That's why there is no time restriction on the Navy.

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