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The Jacksonville Council of the Navy League of the United States is Florida's Flagship Council. We were chartered in 1954 as the first Navy League Council in Florida. We are proud to be members of this Council and all this patriotic, education organization encompasses.


The Navy League is a civilian organization of more than 50,000 members dedicated to keeping the American people and government officials informed about America’s national security requirements, and their relationship to our economic prosperity. The Navy League focuses particular attention on the Sea Services component of our great defense team. The United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard and US-flagged Merchant Marine.

St Augustine Lighthouse

St Augustine Lighthouse

Chuck Meide, Director St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) receives Jax Council coin from President Brad Smith

St Augustine Lighthouse

St Augustine Lighthouse

Jax Council members and guests toured the St Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

St Augustine Lighthouse

St Augustine Lighthouse

President Brad Smith presents a gift of $300 to Kathy Fleming, Executive Director, St Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

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St. Augustine Lighthouse

Jax Council members and guests listen to a presentation about the history of the lighthouse and its role in First Coast history.

MISSIONS & ACTIVITIES

We have been assigned three specific missions.

  • Enhance the morale of active duty Sea Services personnel and their families

  • Inform Congress and the American people of the importance of strong US seapower

  • Support and educate young people about the Sea Services through youth programs like the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Naval Junior ROTC, and others

The Jacksonville Council of the Navy League of the United States is charged with responsibility to the stated missions of the national organization in our local area. We hold what amounts to a franchise to do our best to advance those causes. We depend on passionate individuals to help us perform at a high level. Working together we can accomplish remarkable things that benefit our local area as well as strengthening the sea services we depend upon for national defense.

Our value as a Navy League council is measured by our performance in accomplishing them; nothing else.

ADVOCACY FOR SEA SERVICE RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT

We have a specific duty to inform the citizens of northeast Florida as well as our business, civic and elected governmental leaders about the vital importance of locally based sea service activities to the local economy. Taken together, our sea services generate the largest single industry contribution to our local economy; more than 15 billion dollars of beneficial economic impact annually. While we might regard this contribution as reasonably secure, there is always pressure to increase the efficiency of military spending. This has led to major realignments of resources in the past that have sometimes hurt us significantly, largely because of political pressures favoring other areas. Guarding against such losses in the future depends upon maintaining close and supportive relationships with our congressional representatives. Accomplishing that is largely based on keeping the importance of the sea services in top-of-mind awareness among local leaders and citizens alike. The most effective advocacy comes from bottom up. Keeping it coming is our job as Navy Leaguers.

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SUPPORT OF SEA SERVICES FAMILY MORALE

Imagine how tough it is to raise a family when one parent or the other is gone for months at a time; often on missions that include the possibility of injury or death. Given the nature and location of threats to our national security, such sea service deployments are getting longer and longer while assignments ashore are getting harder and harder to find. The result is what seems like ever increasing pressure on sea service families to hold it together.

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PROMOTING BENEFICIAL YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Since we all recognize that our nation's future depends on our youth of today, it makes perfect sense that we do everything we can to aid the development of positive character traits in young people that increase their ability to become productive adults. In the Jacksonville Council, we make our contribution to helping young people develop into tomorrow's leaders at three specific levels.

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Upcoming Events

  • Mixer at Blue Fish Restaurant
    Blue Fish Restaurant
    May 27, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Blue Fish Restaurant, 3551 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205, USA
    Meet our speaker, Emily Nunez, Republican Women's Club of Duval County and former USMC communications officer.
  • Jax Council Luncheon at Holiday Inn Orange Park
    Holiday Inn and Suites Orange Park
    Jun 10, 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM EDT
    Holiday Inn and Suites Orange Park, 620 Wells Rd, Orange Park, FL 32073, USA
    Christopher Smith from the Florida Maritime Partnership will tell us about the Jones Act to protect the US maritime shipping industry from foreign domination.
  • Jax Council Mixer at Blue Fish
    Blue Fish Restaurant
    Jul 22, 5:00 PM
    Blue Fish Restaurant, 3551 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205, USA
    Ron Williamson, NAS Jax Historian will enlighten us on the significant role of the base in Naval Aviation since 1940.
  • Road Trip to Pensacola and Naval Aviation history
    Blue Angels Inn
    Sep 24, 6:00 PM – Sep 26, 11:00 AM
    Blue Angels Inn, 2390 W Detroit Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32534, USA
    Save the date! Join us for a weekend trip to visit historic Pensacola, the Museum of Naval Aviation, and other interesting places in the area.
  • Salute to Veterans Dinner to honor Korean War veterans.
    Officers' Club NAS Jacksonville
    Nov 04, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Officers' Club NAS Jacksonville, Mustin Road, Bldg 10, NAS Jacksonville, FL, USA
    Our primary fundraising event will this year feature Korean War veterans who served in what is known as "The Forgotten War". Join us to honor these heroes.