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The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and US – flag Merchant Marine. Through national and local programs, the Navy League of the United States provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our Sea Services to our nation’s defense, well-being and economic prosperity. The Navy League provides support to our Sea services personnel and their families and youth programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Junior ROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our sea services.

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Please Join us for an Author Presentation and Book Signing

The Philadelphia Council of the US Navy league is proud to host and invite members and guests to a special author presentation and book signing.

Mike Fabey, a longtime Defense reporter, will speak on his latest book, Heavy Metal: The Hard Days and Nights of the Shipyard Workers Who Build America’s Supercarriers. Books will be available for purchase.

Fabey’s series about a new class of U.S. Navy warships that the Pentagon rejected for its failure to meet specifications earned him the coveted 2014 Timothy White Award for journalistic integrity from the Association of Business Information and Media Companies (ABM).

“Heavy Metal presents a fresh, sympathetic perspective on the human aspects of the shipbuilding industry. It is an excellent read for anyone looking to understand the technology behind the construction of the Gerald R. Ford-class carriers.” – Proceedings

The event will take place Wednesday, July 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is NO cost for Council members and $25 for nonmembers which also gets you a 1-year membership and digital publications from the US Navy League National. Location: Manayunk Brewery, 4120 Main St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19127. Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Monica Hallman ( John Pilat ( or visit our website at

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Recent Events

Supporting Sea Services

The Philadelphia Council of the US Navy league continues to support our Sea services including the USCG Sector Delaware Bay. As part of this support, our Council contributed to the recognition recently of BM1 Price as the Enlisted Person of the Quarter for Sector Delaware Bay. BM1 Price serves on the CGC Cleat and they are currently dockside at Cape May. Bravo Zulu Coastie!!

Memorial Poster Dedication

The Philadelphia Council of the US Navy League had the privilege of supporting and participating in a "Memorial Poster Dedication" for a local resident, Hall of Fame football player, and a Coast Guard Hero. Emlen Tunnell. Friends, relatives, and local community leaders attended the unveiling of a wonderful, and lasting tribute to Emlen Tunnell. "We have the watch Emlen!"

Giving Back and Investing in Our Future.

Council President Bill Youngblood and Director Chris Baker attended the annual Bensalem HS MCJROTC awards ceremony. Seen here is President Youngblood presenting the Navy League Youth Medal to Cadet Lance Corporal Nyah Hyers. BZ Cadet!

Annual Gathering of Heroes

The Marine Corps held its 12th annual Gathering of Heroes event on Saturday in Philadelphia. The event took place at the 23rd Street Armory in Center City. All proceeds from the event went toward the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which provides a $35,000 educational account for every child who loses a parent serving in the marines or any federal law enforcement agency. The event was hosted by former Eyewitness News meteorologist and Philadelphia Council of the US Navy League Tom Lamaine with Director Chris Baker (USMC ret.) in attendance.

Raising Funds for the Basilone Memorial Foundation

Council Director Chris Baker “Hitting the beach again!” Chris attended the 2022 fundraising event for the Basilone Memorial Foundation. John Basilone was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the nation’s highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for heroism during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. He was the only Marine enlisted man to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross in World War II. The Basilone Memorial Foundation Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization operated exclusively for charitable purposes. Our Foundation which began in 2014 has raised funds to ensure a better quality of life for veterans and their families as well as cancer patients. Funds raised are distributed to

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