“It seems to me that all good Americans interested in the growth of their
country and sensitive to its honor, should give hearty support to the policies which
the Navy League is founded to further. For the building and maintaining in
proper shape of the American Navy, we must rely on nothing but the broad and
farsighted patriotism of our people as a whole.”
---- President Theodore Roosevelt
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.
The objective and purpose of the Navy League is educational and motivational. We must acquire and display before the citizens of our country information as to the conditions of our naval and maritime forces. We must awaken interest and support in all matters, which aid our maritime capabilities.
To this end, the Navy League works closely with the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and US-flag Merchant Marine through a network of 246 councils in the United States and around the world. The Navy League has over 46 thousand members.
The Navy League supports America's young people through its youth programs, including sponsorship of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy League Scholarship Program, and the Samuel Eliot Morison Essay Contest. Individual councils are also involved in promoting youth-oriented activities in their communities such as NJROTC, MCJROTC, and ROTC units along with other recognized youth programs. Local councils and national headquarters provide over $250,000 in scholarships and awards every year.
Navy League councils support active duty military personnel through "adoption" of ships, installations, and units; commissioning ceremonies; award programs; and other recognition programs.
Over the years, the Navy League has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments. Today the Navy League is widely respected by citizens, community and industrial leaders, and public officials. Navy League programs are welcomed in communities throughout the nation, and members are recognized for their integrity and patriotism.
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Long Island Council's "SHIP'S FUND" Kicks into High Gear
The Council's 2013/2014 SHIPS FUND will be starting up on September 1st. This fund assists the Council to meet its goals to continue to contribute to programs such as, sword presentations to an honor graduate at the USMMA as well as SUNY Maritime Academy and assisting our Sea Cadets, NJROTC rograms, newsletters and other events that may come up during the course of the year. If you are considering making a contribution please send your check, payable to the"L.I. Council NLUS-Ships Fund" to and mail it to:
Long Island Council NLUS
c/o Tom Matteo, Treasurer
45 Twisting Drive
Lake Grove, NY 11755-1825
The USS Milwaukee was christened and launched Dec. 18 in northeast Wisconsin, the latest addition to the U.S. Navy’s arsenal of high-tech warships.
Gov. Scott Walker, who was on hand in Marinette for the launch, proclaimed the day in honor of the new ship. “This beautiful ship, honoring our largest city, showcases the exemplary workmanship of Marinette Marine and symbolizes a commitment to national security,” Walker said. “This striking vessel is also an example of the value of the skilled workers who helped build it.”
The USS Milwaukee took about 2 1/2 years to finish. Walker said the construction created 500 jobs in Wisconsin.
Milwaukee was named in honor of the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and will be the fifth to bear the city’s name.
“Milwaukee‘s christening serves as a tribute to this great American city, but also to the hard working people of Wisconsin and our nation’s entire industrial base,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “LCS is one of our most important platforms and represents the future of the Navy. Our commitment to this program remains as steadfast as that of those who helped build this great ship.”
Littoral combat ships are fast, agile surface combatants optimized for warfighting in the highly trafficked near-shore regions of the world against asymmetric “anti-access” threats. Through its innovative design, LCS can be reconfigured for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasures. This versatility enables Navy to provide warfighters with the most capable, cost-effective solutions to gain, sustain and exploit littoral maritime supremacy.
The launch and christening of LCS 5, and the recent launch of LCS 6 from the Austal USA shipyard together mark a milestone for the littoral combat ship program. These are the first two littoral combat ships built from start to finish using serial production processes. Serial production is important because it allows the Navy to reap benefits such as improved cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time.
The Navy has incorporated much of the knowledge gained in the build, test and operation of LCS 1 and LCS 2, the lead ships of the class, into follow-on ships.
Milwaukee is 388 feet in length and equipped with four axial-flow waterjet engines, which will improve performance and move nearly half a million gallons of seawater per minute which will propel the ship to speeds in excess of 40 knots.
The first USS Milwaukee was a double-turret ironclad river monitor built for Civil War service. A St. Louis-class cruiser, the second USS Milwaukee (C-21) was lost in 1916 while attempting to free a submarine that had run aground. The third USS Milwaukee (CL-5) was an Omaha-class light cruiser, which served through World War II in the Atlantic, and the fourth USS Milwaukee (AOR 2), a Wichita-class replenishment oiler, was decommissioned in 1994.