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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 over 330 Councils in the United States and around the world. The Navy League has approximately 70,000 active 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.

The Beverly Hills Council has proudly adopted and actively supports the following:

  U.S.  COAST  GUARD  AIR  STATION  (LINK)
    Los Angeles, California
  USCGC  HALIBUT  (WPB-87340)  (LINK)
    Marina Del Rey, California
  USS HAMPTON (SSN-767)  (LINK)
   
San Diego, California
  NROTC  UCLA  (LINK)
    Los Angeles, California
  SEA CADET CORPS (LINK)
    S.S. Lane Victory Division
    San Pedro, California

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.

"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.”

Theodore Roosevelt


The Navy Jack flown aboard the USS DEWEY (DDG 105), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer  is the third U.S. Navy ship to be named after Admiral of the Navy George Dewey. The ship was commissioned at the Navy Weapons Station in Seal Beach, California on Saturday, March 6, 2010. This was the first ship commissioning for the City of Seal Beach.

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The First Navy Jack is the current U.S. jack authorized by the United States Navy and is flown from the jack staff of commissioned vessels of the U.S. Navy while moored pier side or at anchor. The design is traditionally regarded as that of the first U.S. naval jack flown in the earliest years of the republic.

HISTORY OF THE FIRST U.S. NAVY JACK

In late 1775, as the first ships of the Continental Navy readied in the Delaware River, Commodore Esek Hopkins issued, in a set of fleet signals, an instruction directing his vessels to fly a "striped" jack and ensign. The exact design of these flags is unknown. The ensign was likely to have been the Grand Union Flag, and the jack a simplified version of the ensign: a field of 13 horizontal red and white stripes. It is likely that the colonial ships did not use (and could not have legitimately used) the canton of the Grand Union Flag (i.e., the Union Jack) as their jack given its use as a jack by Royal Navy warships. Despite the probability that the original jack may have been a simple striped flag, since about 1880, this jack has traditionally been depicted as consisting of thirteen red and white stripes charged with an uncoiled rattlesnake and the motto "Don’t Tread on Me." This tradition dates at least back to 1880, when this design appeared in a color plate in Admiral George Henry Preble's influential History of the Flag of the United States. Recent scholarship, however, has demonstrated that this inferred design never actually existed but "was a 19th-century mistake based on an erroneous 1776 engraving"


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