(The following is an excerpt from the Navy League of the United States' website FAQs)
The United States is a maritime nation bordered on three sides by oceans. Four services (that is, the sea services) safeguard the safety and security of those waters and maintain open shipping lanes to ensure free commerce in and out of U.S. waters. Those services are the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.
Maritime issues impact every American in vital areas: national security, delivery of products in a global economy, protection of natural resources and marine environment, curbing the influx of drugs and illegal immigrants, boating safety issues and more. To mitigate these issues, our U.S. sea services are the means to ensure the freedom of the seas, prevent conflict and crisis escalation, provide humanitarian aid, and allow the uninterrupted flow of goods in a global economy. Budget tensions and ongoing, real world contingency operations have severely strained our sea services. Currently, our sea services are supported below their needs and require our help to maintain and protect our security, economy, freedom and safety, all essential to the American way of life.
Founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy League of the United States is a private, nonprofit, civilian organization that serves, supports and stands with the U.S. sea services. Our members are the nation’s watchdogs for the sea services and track issues regarding military preparedness, modernization and all other matters relative to maintaining U.S. strength at sea. We promote a safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound U.S. maritime transportation system to meet national security needs, and enhance our quality of life and economic prosperity.
The Navy League of the United States has grown into the foremost citizens’ organization to serve, support and stand with all the sea services. Our organization is comprised of 40,000 civilians in more than 240 councils around the world working to support sea service members and their families. Since its inception, the Navy League has provided a powerful voice for a stronger sea service to Congress and to the American people. We do this through a variety of education programs that remind our fellow citizens that the United States is a maritime nation whose national economic and security interests are inextricably tied to the freedom of the seas.
For more information about the Navy League, click here
Looking for a mission-driven organization? Do you want to help maintain the safety and security of our country’s maritime borders and open shipping lanes? Do you want the satisfaction of making a difference in your community?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, the Navy League of the United States and our sea services – U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine – need you!!
The Navy League of the United States’ Charlotte Council is a private, civilian, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization that educates the public at large in the “Queen City” and its surrounding areas – about the importance of sea power. Our council is able to meet our mission by focusing on a triad of efforts: meet with our public servants to educate them on the importance of our sea services; recognize and support the service members who serve in the sea services and their families; and provide avenues for our community’s youth to understand and respect the values of our sea services.
For more information on how the Charlotte Council supports the sea services, click here
U.S.-flag Merchant Marine
U.S. Marine Corps
March 13, 2018 @ 7pm
Pat McCaslin's Home
U.S. Coast Guard