Adopted Ships

Our Adopted Ships and Military Installations

What A Ship Adoption Means…

 Adopting a ship allows the Philadelphia Council to provide support that will benefit the ship’s crew and families now, and into the future. 

Since adoption involves a continuing commitment, plans for such support must take into account our Council’s financial resources as well as the cooperation and willingness of our members.   Financial support can flow directly to the ship’s MWR Fund, or the Council can make direct gifts of items or awards to the ship and/or crew members.


John P. Murtha The Commissioning of  LPD 26, USS John P. Murtha

It was our honor to have hosted the commissioning of the USS John P. Murtha on October 8, 2016 at Penn's Landing.  Please click here for more information.

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clip  Click the thumbnail on the left for a tv clip of the Philadelphia Flyer street hockey match aboard the Murtha



PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- The Navy commissioned its newest destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) during a ceremony in Philadelphia Oct. 10, 2009.

Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Gary Roughead, brought the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony at historic Penn's Landing.

The ship's commissioning ceremony paid homage to its recently deceased namesake Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer. Known in the Navy as the "father of Aegis," Meyer passed away Sept. 1, just one month shy of the ship's commissioning ceremony.

"Even though he only left us a short time ago, his legacy will live on in this ship and in the spirit and in the officers and Sailors who will serve her for generations to come," said Roughead. "His legacy, indeed he does have one powerful legacy, and his memory will live on in our Navy."


USCGC William Tate (WLM560)

The USCGC WILLIAM TATE was built by Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette Wisconsin, launched May 8, 1999 and delivered to the Coast Guard on September 16th, 1999. She arrived in her homeport of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 10th, 1999 (the 224 birthday of the United States Marine Corps) and was formally commissioned on June 3rd, 2000. The WILLIAM TATE began her first operational aids-to-navigation deployment on November 29, 1999.

CGC WILLIAM TATE and her crew are responsible for the maintenance of 250 buoys in the Delaware Bay and River, and the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, WILLIAM TATE is designed, constructed and equipped to ably perform other Coast Guard missions such as domestic ice breaking, marine environmental protection, and maritime law enforcement. As an adopted ship, the Philadelphia council provides financial awards and support for the crew and her families.

Coast Guard Station Philadelphia
The United States Coast Guard is a military, multimission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security and one of the nation's five armed services. Its core roles are to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America's coasts, ports, and inland waterways. Click here for more information about the Coast Guard Sector.