Who We Are

For more than a century, the Navy League of the United States has supported and advocated for the Sea Services. Formed in 1902 at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy League’s goals are:

  • To foster and maintain interest in a strong Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine as integral part of a sound national defense and vital to the freedom of the United States.
  • To serve as a means of educating and informing the American people with regard t the role of Sea Power in the nuclear age and the problems involved in maintaining strong defenses in this age.
  • To improve the understanding, appreciate and recognition of those who wear the uniform of our armed forces and to better the conditions under which they live and serve.
  • To provide support and recognition for the Sea Service Reserve Forces in our communities in order that we may continue to have a capable and responsive Maritime Reserve Community.
  • To educate and train our youth in the customs and traditions of the Navy, Marine Corps, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines through the means of an active and vigorous Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

Contribute to USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) Commissioning Fund

The Navy League's sole purpose is to fund what the Government does not. All contributions will enhance the quality of life for all those who will serve aboard the USS John F. Kennedy

The Navy League of the United States, Hampton Roads most visible programs is the sponsoring and support for the commissioning of new vessels into the Sea Services. Our contribution to a ship commissioning begins long before the vessel ever goes into the water. We work with the shipbuilder and other contractors to lay out a program of the ship commissioning that will be supportive of the ship and crew, awareness in the community and most important, legally allowable for all parties concerned.

Our goals are to provide funding for ship enhancements that improve the quality of life for all sailors who serve aboard CVN 79. These enhancements are not funded by the Department of Defense. Improvements and additions to areas such as the ship library, fitness equipment, computers and software for the ship's learning center, ship's chapel. The ship's tribute room honoring the namesake of the ship and many other areas that make a significant difference to our service members.

JFK Navy League

Because of its proximity to Huntington Ingalls/Newport News Shipyard and Naval Station Norfolk, the Hampton Roads Navy League is especially experienced in assisting each ship commissioning a unique part of Navy History. To date Navy League Hampton Roads has supported over 28 commissioning’s that have included 6 aircraft carriers. Our efforts also include endowing a scholarship for service member families of those who serve aboard CVN 79 for the life of the ship.

Through a myriad of events, programs and activities, Navy League Hampton Roads has a long, credible history of supporting the Sea Services. We are honored to be a part of what will be the legacy of USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). We welcome your support and stand ready to answer any questions you may have. As previously stated, Navy League is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Our website is intended to bring awareness of this milestone of the United States Navy, as part of our national defense. Providing financial support for ship enhancements that include quality-of-life spaces onboard CVN 79.

Navy League’s primary mission is advocacy for a continued strong maritime defense. Bringing a ship into the line has never been more important. Your participation is paramount to our success and will be recognized accordingly.

Our heartfelt gratitude to the men and women who will serve aboard this vessel for the next 50 years.

Contribute to
USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Commissioning

The Navy League's sole purpose is to fund what the Government does not. All contributions will enhance the quality of life for all those who will serve aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).

Donate Now & Become a Part of United States Navy History

Contributions in any amount is welcomed. Your generosity will be recognized on the donor page of this site as well as in our commissioning publication distributed on the pier for all guest attending the commissioning ceremony.