From sponsoring local units to helping establish Fleet Week New York, we provide direct support to sea service personnel, their families and their units.

 
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Fleet week New York

Fleet Week New York is embarking on its fourth decade of celebrating the sea services, with the New York Council Navy League there every step of the way. U.S. Naval vessels have been visiting New York City in a celebratory manner since the aftermath of the Spanish–American War in 1898, when Commodore Dewey was celebrated as the hero of the battle of Manila Bay. However, the first official Fleet Week took place in New York City in 1982 and is generally timed to coincide with the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Fleet Week is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding areas to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. Fleet Week also marks our Council’s busiest and most visible season. Each year, we plan many events to show our active-duty visitors, the local public and the national media how the Navy League values and honors those who uphold the traditions of the maritime services.

Our marquee event is an annual welcome reception for Commanding and Executive Officers from the participating units. Since 2017, this event has been named in honor of Richard W. Scheuing, a long-time Navy League member and supporter of the sea services who was instrumental in bringing Fleet Week to New York. For a glimpse at our events from the most recent Fleet Week, browse the gallery below. And as Fleet Week season approaches, check our events listing on the homepage for this year’s fun.

 

Sponsored Units

New York Council Navy League is proud to support our sponsored units — USCG Sector New York, USCG Station New York, USCG MSST New York and USS New York — plus other local units, including Navy Recruiting District New York and 1st Marines Recruiting District.

The Halloween festivities at 1st Marine Corps Recruiting District covered everything from cute to scary. New York Council provided prizes for the costume contest and Trunk or Treat decorating contest.

The Halloween festivities at 1st Marine Corps Recruiting District covered everything from cute to scary. New York Council provided prizes for the costume contest and Trunk or Treat decorating contest.

During the partial government shutdown of late 2018–early 2019, we supported local Coast Guard personnel, who served without pay, with morale lunches and a food pantry.

During the partial government shutdown of late 2018–early 2019, we supported local Coast Guard personnel, who served without pay, with morale lunches and a food pantry.

We present Enlisted Person of the Quarter awards at several local USCG units, as well as for Sailors of the Quarter from USS New York and Navy Recruiting District New York.

We present Enlisted Person of the Quarter awards at several local USCG units, as well as for Sailors of the Quarter from USS New York and Navy Recruiting District New York.

New York Council members recently helped honor the memory of USCG’s Douglas Munro, Medal of Honor recipient for his rescue of 500 Marines at Guadalcanal 77 years ago. Also in attendance at the Fort Wadsworth ceremony was Col. Mendez, a 98-year-old WWII and Korean War pilot.

New York Council members recently helped honor the memory of USCG’s Douglas Munro, Medal of Honor recipient for his rescue of 500 Marines at Guadalcanal 77 years ago. Also in attendance at the Fort Wadsworth ceremony was Col. Mendez, a 98-year-old WWII and Korean War pilot.

It’s always a treat when the USS New York visits. They shared ship tours with us while we fed the duty section, threw a party and hosted lunch for recent Sailor of the Quarter awardees.

It’s always a treat when the USS New York visits. They shared ship tours with us while we fed the duty section, threw a party and hosted lunch for recent Sailor of the Quarter awardees.

 

Other events

Each year, we present Swords of Leadership to newly commissioned officers from SUNY Maritime, US Merchant Marine Academy and Fordham University NROTC programs. Shown here is ENS Spencer Wilhelm, USN, SUNY Maritime ’19.

Each year, we present Swords of Leadership to newly commissioned officers from SUNY Maritime, US Merchant Marine Academy and Fordham University NROTC programs. Shown here is ENS Spencer Wilhelm, USN, SUNY Maritime ’19.

When ships visit, New York Council members often give the galley crew a break by serving lunch. Here, members gather while delivering a Tex-Mex buffet to USS Oak Hill.

When ships visit, New York Council members often give the galley crew a break by serving lunch. Here, members gather while delivering a Tex-Mex buffet to USS Oak Hill.

New York City was proclaimed an official Coast Guard City and we were pleased to play a part in that process, as well as at the ceremony to celebrate it.

New York City was proclaimed an official Coast Guard City and we were pleased to play a part in that process, as well as at the ceremony to celebrate it.