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 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 keep our members apprised of legislation affecting Sea Services and encourage them to communicate with their Senators and Congressmen.

We sponsored commissioning of USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116) on 01 December 2018, USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) in August 2015, USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) in 2007, USS PREBLE (DDG 88) 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 are only: Regular Member $55; E-Membership (everything on line) for $25, and other categories. Opportunity to recruit new members or give a gift. Applications are found at


TOYS FOR TOTS: Our 43rd Annual Toys for Tots (TFT) event was held on 08 December 2019 at the Commandant’s House, Boston Navy Yard. Attending were around one hundred Navy Leaguers, guests and Naval Sea Cadets, their leaders and families.    

MASSACHUSETTS BAY COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING was held on November 16, 2019: Highlights of the Annual Meeting included reports on the status of construction and commissioning of USS Massachusetts (SSN 798), USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and, more immediate, USS Nantucket (LCS 27).  Also looming are commissioning of several Coast Guard cutters.

OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS FOR 2021 were elected and are listed on the Officers page. 

NAVY BIRTHDAY & NAVY DAY: The Massachusetts Bay Council celebrated the Navy’s 244th Birthday and Navy Day at a luncheon on 19 October 2019.   Guest Speaker was Commander Nathaniel R. Shick, USN, 75th Commanding Officer, USS Constitution, who addressed several issues concerning the Navy, the ship and plans for the (former) Boston Navy Yard. Among the attendees were the new Executive Officer, CDR Andrew Broyles, USN, former Navy League National President, Bill Kelley, and New England Region President, David Samuels.

NATIONAL CONVENTION: In June, at the National Convention, the council received an HONORABLE MENTION Award for Overall Performance in 2018 in competition with 128 other councils.

COAST GUARD SUPPORT: In June, the First Coast Guard District sought our help in hosting a plane-load of Congressional staffers here to learn about the CG missions and observe a number of demonstrations.

ARMED FORCES DAY: In May, the council held its annual Armed Forces Day event at Hanscom AFB.  Speaker was CAPT Eric Doucette, USCG, Captain of the Port and Commander Sector Boston, who spoke of his unique experiences and gave an update on Boston Harbor construction, dredging and security concerns.

USS JASON DUNHAM (DDG 109) visited Boston and on March 16 we had tours of the ship and a reception aboard.

PLEASE DON’T COME LUNCHEON: This annual event in February again was very successful in raising money for our youth programs.

USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116) COMMISSIONING:  Named for the Medal of Honor recipient and Member (now deceased) of our council. On a chilly December 1, the newest warship in the U.S. Navy was brought to life.  Some 6,500 visitors braved the cold to honor the ship’s namesake and view the ceremonies and tour the ship.  The Commissioning Committee, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bay Council, was chaired by Council President Tom Hennessey. Full story is in THE SHIP‘S WHISTLE, December 2018 (link on left sidebar).