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 500 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 other commissionings.
NAVY LEAGUE DUES REDUCED: Regular Member $55; Even lower is an E-Membership (everything on line) for $25. Opportunity to recruit new members or give a gift. Applications are found at https://join.navyleague.org.
Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise on 8 August was enjoyed by some 250 guests. Purpose was to raise awareness and funds for the commissioning of USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) in September 2018.
Armed Forces Day was celebrated on 20 May 2017 at the Museum of World War II.
Tours and Reception aboard USS San Jacinto (CG56) on Saturday, 18 March, were arranged by the Council. In addition, we arranged tours of the ship for 181 Naval Sea Cadets and their leaders and families, 30 Naval Academy candidates and families and 35 Navy League members and their guests. The Council assisted the ship by also inviting government officials and leaders of other interested organizations.
A "Please Don't Come" Luncheon in February 2017 to raise funds for our youth programs.
Toys for Tots Brunch: The 2016 Toys for Tots fundraiser was held on 04 December 2016 along with drawings and an on-line auction. A total of $3,000 and about $500 worth of gifts were raised. Thanks to the item donors and contributors for making this fundraiser possible.
Navy Birthday and Annual Meeting October 17, 2017. Speaker will address Navy ship construction, particularly that of USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).
Toys for Tots Benefit Holiday Event December 3, 2017, Commandant’s House.
USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116): Named for the Medal of Honor recipient and Member of our council was Christened on April 1, 2017 at Bath Iron Works and is now in the water; and is scheduled to be commissioned in Boston in September 2018. Check out https://www.facebook.com/DDG116 and the website usshudnerddg116.org.