Welcome aboard! We are the Massachusetts Bay Council of the Navy League of the United States.
The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families. Further information may be obtained by visiting the web site www.navyleague.org.
The Massachusetts Bay Council, as chartered by the Navy League of the U.S., is a non-profit, educational, 501.c.3 organization with roots back to 1955; With over 1100 members and not charging any local dues, we support our Sea Services in many ways. We make many awards to Navy, Coast Guard and Marine personnel, as well as NROTC and JROTC units in eastern Massachusetts, sponsor nine Sea and League Cadet units, sponsor a Maritime Symposium for college students, raise funds for the Marine Toys for Tots program, and much more.
We sponsored commissioning of USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) in August 2015, USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) in 2007 and we sponsored commissioning of USS PREBLE (DDG 88) in Boston in 2002; and previously, USS RAMAGE, USS BUNKER HILL and USS SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON; as well as assisting the Coast Guard with several commissionings. We also promulgate a Directory of Sea Service Commands and Related Organizations each year, a much used information source.
NAVY LEAGUE DUES REDUCED. Regular Member $55; Even lower is an E-Membership (everything except printed SEAPOWER Magazine) for $25. Opportunity to recruit new members or give a gift. Applications are found at http://nlussecure.org/membership/.
COMING EVENTS: The Annual Please Don't Come Luncheon that benefits the council's Youth programs will be coming soon.
RECENT EVENTS: The 39th Annual Toys for Tots Brunch was held on 14 December 2015 at the Commandant's House, Charlestown National Historical Park. Fellowship, meeting new members and raising funds for a worthy cause. A $1500 check and about $500 worth of toys and games were presented to two Marines from the 25th Regiment for distribution. The Navy Birthday and Annual Meeting Luncheon was held on 17 October 2015. Guest speaker was CAPT Richard LaBranche, USN, Chairman Joint Military Operations and Director Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, U.S. Naval War College. The Annual Meeting and Election of Officers was also conducted. See OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS page.
This past summer, our Council assisted the Coast Guard by sponsoring commissioning the newest National Security Cutter USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) in Boston on 8 August 2015. The Committee Chairman was Reid Oslin. Members were invited to tour the ship earlier in the week. At the Navy League Convention in Tampa last June, our own Eleanor Samuels was elected a National Vice President of the Navy League. She is responsible for new efforts to increase NL membership. Armed Forces Day Luncheon on 9 May 2015. The Speaker was CDR B. E. Vandiver, C.O., Navy Operational Support Center, Quincy, who spoke about the Navy Reserve history through current use by call-ups and in their Reserve units. On 14 March 2015, we toured the USS Arlington (LPD 24), one of the Navy's newest ships.
AWARDS: For 2013 our newsletter, THE BOSUN'S PIPE, received the Outstanding Mackie Award for large councils. For 2012, the Council received an Honorable Mention for its activities in support of the Sea Services; and in 2011 this website won the 1st place Mackie Award for Large Councils, and our newsletter and THE BOSUN'S PIPE was Runner Up for the Mackie Award for newsletters.
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USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116): As you should be aware, the USS THOMAS HUDNER is named for the Medal of Honor recipient and Member of our council. The ship, being built at Bath Iron Works, is scheduled to be commissioned in Boston in early 2018 and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Bay Council. Included are a few photos of construction courtesy of Bath Iron Works. You may also look at the website usshudnerddg116.org