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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 https://join.navyleague.org.

RECENT EVENTS: Navy Birthday and Navy Day Dinner was held on 01 November 2016. Guest Speaker VADM 'Rick' Breckenridge was well-received by the audience. The traditional birthday cake was cut using a Navy officer sword by VADM Breckenridge and the youngest sailor present. In addition, the council Annual Meeting and Election of Officers took place (results on the Officers and Directors page).

On 14 September 2016 the Massachusetts Bay Council assisted with the Boston Light 300th Anniversary with the Coast Guard and the National Park Service. Ceremonies on Long Wharf, Boston, were immediately followed by performance by the Coast Guard Honor Guard and Drill Team. Certain invited guests then boarded a harbor cruise boat for the nine mile ride to Little Brewster Island, home of the only Coast Guard staffed lighthouse in the USA. Boston Light was the very first lighthouse in the U.S., constructed in 1716 and later rebuilt after the British destroyed it during the Revolutionary War. Boston Light continues to serve as a major aid to navigation as both a light and fog signal station.

On 11 June 2016 we had a tour of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Training Ship Kennedy and the following week several of our members attended the Navy League Convention in Charleston, SC when council member Eleanor Samuels was elected a National Vice President and as National Directors from our council were: Eleanor Samuels, Bill Kelley (Past National President), Tomi Olson and David Samuels. The Massachusetts Bay Council was named as a MERITORIOUS COUNCIL. This award is presented to councils that have demonstrated above average performance in community education, youth activities, public affairs, legislative activities, and recruiting and retention of members.

A tour of Drydock #1, in which USS Constitution is being overhauled was held on 14 May 2016. Several Saturday tours of the Coast Guard Port Operations Control Center were attended by small groups of members.

Tours of USS McFaul (DDG 74) on Saturday, 19 March 2016 were arranged by the council. About 30 Navy Leaguers, 130 Naval Sea Cadets from several units, Naval Academy candidates and parents, and other Navy-related organizations were able to visit the ship. A reception was held aboard that evening. On Sunday, ships crew marched in the Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade. President Tom Hennessey presented a plaque to the ship. When the ship arrived earlier in the week, Harold Learson was there to welcome her to Boston and gave the traditional book on USS Constitution.

PLANNED EVENTS: Toys for Tots Brunch on 04 December 2016.

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 August/September 2018 and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Bay Council.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/DDG116 and the website usshudnerddg116.org.