Sea Service Unit Adoptions

The Navy League has long been recognized for its role as a supporter of U.S. Sea Service units and their families world-wide. One of our most important objectives is to improve the understanding of, and appreciation for, those who wear the uniforms of America' Sea Services and to better the conditions under which they live. One way the Navy League accomplishes this objective is through the adoption and/or sponsorship of Sea Service units by Navy League Councils.

Sea Service units targeted for adoption by Navy League Councils include to varying extents: U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Ships, Shore Commands, and Aviation Units; Marine Corps units; NROTC units; NJROTC units; MCJROTC units; Sea Cadet units--both Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC); Young Marine units; as well as non-traditional units such as Flying Midshipmen, NOAA or USNS ships, or historical ships such as the SS Jeremiah O'Brien National Liberty Ship Memorial. The association between the Council and the Sea Service unit is most typically geographic (same locality) or via some namesake relationship (person, city, county, state, battlefield, body of water, etc.). But it can also be based on a personal relationship between a Council member and the unit or members of the unit.

After agreement among the unit, the adopting Council, local Sea Service leadership/Legal, and the Navy League organization (Area or Regional President), "adoption" normally consists of some form of formal ceremony initiating the adoption, then on-going mutually-beneficial interaction between the Council and the unit.

Typical support provided by the Council MAY include, depending on Council resources:

In some cases, the adopted unit is also able to provide meaningful outreach to the Navy League Council, such as:

The list of adopted units can be found here:

Lists of units available for adoption can be found below:

If you are looking for a custom sort or filter not listed here, such as ALL types of unadopted units in your state, all adopted submarines, or a custom report for an area or region, please click here to e-mail your request to the database manager.

Navy League members can also download the recently-updated Sea Service Unit Adoption Guide, as well as an associated training presentation, from the Resources section of the Member Portal.

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