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
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
USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) November 3rd 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.
Last year, we had several Navy ship tours and,
during OPSAIL 2012, provided Liaison Officers to the tall ships and Pier Guides to assist the public and the vessels.
For 2011, we are proud to report that this website won 1st place Mackie Award for Large Councils and our newsletter, THE BOSUN'S PIPE
was Runner Up for the Mackie Award for newsletters.
SAVE THE DATES: Saturday, 2 November 2013 Navy Birthday (belated) and Annual Meeting was to be aboard USS Salem
but ship CLOSED and event moved to another location in Quincy, MA. (See your email notice.)
Saturday 7 December 2013 Sea Services Ball and Sunday 8 December 2013 Toys for Tots Brunch. [Invitations in THE BOSUN'S PIPE September issue.]
RECENT EVENTS: Coast Guard Birthday was held on 3 August 2013 where a presentaion was made tp USCGC Grand Isle and all had a tour of the Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport. ARMED FORCES DAY LUNCHEON was held 11 May at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Guests toured
and operated the new ships' bridge trainer and heard RADM Richard Gurnon, USMS, President of MMA speak.
The 24th Annual college symposium was held on Saturday 23 February at Boston University College of Communications, sponsored and conducted by the Massachusetts Bay Council, Navy League of the U.S.
Eighty-four students from eighteen colleges and universities participated in a 3-move political/military situation (Spratly Surprise) involving Pacific Rim and South East Asian nations in a late 2015 time frame.
The 34TH Annual Sea Services Ball on 1 December honored the U.S. Marine Corps;
the 36th annual Toys for Tots Brunch on 9 December, again held in the Commandant's House, raised $3000 plus about $1000 in toys and games.
In October, we celebrated the Navy Birthday with guest speaker RADM 'Vic' Beck, USN, Vice Chief of Information.Held at the Coast Guard Base,
guests also were able to tour U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC 906).