Strong sea services are the driving force
of a maritime nation.


our mission

Teddy Roosevelt encouraged the formation of the Navy League in 1902 because he knew a strong nation required sea power, and maintaining that required the support or our nation’s citizens.

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization that supports the sea services – the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. We host programs that educate the public and our elected leaders on the importance of the sea services, foster youth leadership development and, most importantly, support active-duty members, their families and their units.

We are a military support organization, rather than a veterans' organization, although we cherish and support our veterans and wounded warriors. We are a trusted civilian partner of the sea services, supporting their mission, their personnel and their families. We also believe in building a strong foundation for those services through youth programs that teach duty, honor and respect for this country, and provide a path into the sea services.

A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.
— President Theodore Roosevelt, 2 December 1902, second annual message to Congress