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LEAGUE of the
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.
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.
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.
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.
League Councils support active duty military personnel through
"adoption" of ships, installations, and units;
commissioning ceremonies; award programs; and other recognition
Beverly Hills Council has proudly adopted and actively supports the
U.S. COAST GUARD AIR
Los Angeles, California
USCGC HALIBUT (WPB-87340) (LINK)
Marina Del Rey, California
San Diego, California
NROTC UCLA (LINK)
Los Angeles, California
SEA CADET CORPS (LINK)
S.S. Lane Victory Division
San Pedro, California
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
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
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.”
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.
here to view the Commissioning Ceremony
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"
Navy | Marine
Corps | Coast Guard | U.S.-Flag Merchant Marine
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