Wilmington Navy League

Navy League of the United States

Council #174: Wilmington, NC

Wilmington Navy League

Charter of the Wilmington Navy League

THE NAVY LEAGUE  came into being as the result of a meeting of Navy supporters held in New York on November 5, 1902. The purpose of the League would be "...to enlighten the people...on naval matters and tell them what a navy means to the country -- and what it ought to mean to them."

Two weeks later, a committee had been formed, a constitution drafted -- and on December, 29, the League's certificate of incorporation was filed in Albany, New York. The Navy League of the United States was born.

As stated in the first edition of the Navy League Journal, predecessor of today's SEA POWER magazine, it was the League's resolve to never formulate specific needs for the Navy in the way of ship types or force levels, but rather to educate the people on the importance of sea power. The Navy League has always embraced the philosophy of Alfred Thayer Mahan--and Theodore Roosevelt, who was instrumental in the establishment of the League-- that a strong navy is the most cost effective means of ensuring peace.

The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to (1) the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and (2) the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families. To this end, the Navy League works closely with the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and U.S.-flag merchant Marine through a network of nearly 350 councils in the United States and overseas. The league has nearly 72,000 individual members--people who are just like you.

Individual Navy League Councils are involved in a variety of activities ranging from seminars and speaker programs to scholarship programs and a wide range of family support services for the military units located in their vicinities. Many Councils participate in awards programs by which outstanding Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel are recognized for their achievements. Some Councils have adopted ships and shore stations; others have planned, executed, and underwritten the ceremonies connected with the commissioning of new Navy ships.

Recognizing that the youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow, the Navy League has developed a very effective and results-oriented youth program, which includes support of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and the Navy League Scholarship Program.

To keep Navy League members and the public informed about new developments shaping our Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and U.S.-Flag Merchant Marine, the Navy League publishes SEA POWER Magazine and the ALMANAC OF SEAPOWER. Subscriptions to both are included in your Navy League membership--at no additional cost.

We are pleased to invite you to join us. It will be our honor to welcome you as a fellow member, and we are sure you will take equal pride in belonging to the NAVY LEAGUE or the UNITED STATES.