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Navy League Pittsburgh Council

75th Commemoration of the End of WWII

Local Council participation held at Herminie Fire Hall September 2

RDML James Aiken conducts webinar with the Pittsburgh Council

Our Council was honored  to have RDML Aiken present to us in July, 2020.  RDML Aiken is Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three.  Click on "Council News and Features, Full Stories"" to view the webinar.

October 9 Navy Birthday Ball Cancelled

Due to the current COVID 19 guidance both for service members as well as the state guidance, we are cancelling the formal Navy Birthday Ball for 2020. 

USS Pittsburgh Memorabilia

We have in our inventory a small number of USS Pittsburgh memorabilia items.  These make great items to remember and to celebrate this fast attack submarine Pittsburgh namesake.  The following listing displays the item – the quantity – the price. (shipping charges are included)

Item                                                    Quantity                         Price

 Metal Travel Mugs                                 6                                $30

Acrylic Christmas Ornament                30                             $20  

Ballcaps w/logo                                        7                               $25   

Lapel pins w/logo                                   40                              $5

To purchase any item, please contact John Caspero at: primary: e-mail -  jfcaspero@verizon.netsecondary: home phone  (412) 257-6141 


The USS Pittsburgh Inactivation Ceremony - January 17, 2020

On January 17, 2020 the USS Pittsburgh inactivation ceremony was held in Keyport, Washington.  Here's a link to CO CDR Jason Deichler's Inactivation Speech and a link to the Inactivation Program.

USS Pittsburgh arrives at Bremerton Naval Base for inactivation and eventual decommissioning

Pennsylvania  Senator Pat Toomey praises the USS Pittsburgh and crew

Pa Senator Toomey pays tribute, in the Senate Congressional Record, to the USS Pittsburgh and 35 year service by crew members.

2020 USS Pittsburgh Scholarship Awarded

The Navy League Pittsburgh Council awards college scholarships to current and former crew members of the USS Pittsburgh and to their family members. 

In 2020 we awarded a total of $5900 from Council and the Pittsburgh Foundation funds to four deserving applicants.  We wish them much success in their college endeavors.

Looking forward to Exciting and Rewarding Events in 2020

The Pittsburgh Council looks forward to 2020, a year of exciting new  events.  If you would like to support our Nation's and local Sea Services and have fun doing so, just get in contact with our President listed on the "Board of Directors"  tab above.  We had many events planned for 2020 but COVID-19 has led to some events being postponed or cancelled.  We are continuing our planning for later this year and into 2121.

Upcoming Events

Due to COVID our annual VA picnic planned for September has been cancelled.  The Navy Ball scheduled for October 9 has been cancelled.

3rd Quarter 2020 Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter posted

The 3rd Quarter 2020 Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter, the official publication of the Navy League of the United States, Pittsburgh Council, is posted.  See Ports of Pittsburgh tab above.  This edition includes announcements from our Council President, local sailor, marine and Coast Guardsman of the year; RADM Aiken interactive webinar and more.

Pittsburgh Resources List

Newly updated Resource List (March 17, 2020) posted in Council News and Features section

Council Facebook:

Other local Navy and Military Events

National Navy League Scholarship

2020 Scholarship Applications Now Online
The 2020 Navy League scholarship applications will be available online soon and are due by March 1.  Thanks to the generosity of donors and members from around the world, the Navy League Foundation can provide financial assistance to the dependents and direct descendants of sea service personnel for college and university expenses. Please visit National Navy League scholarship website to learn more about the application process. Contact Veda Frye at if you need more information or wish to donate and support this effort.

Who we are:

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families.

The objective and purpose of the Navy League is twofold: educational and motivational. We must acquire and display before the citizens of our country information regarding the condition of our naval and maritime forces. We must awaken interest and support in all matters which aid our maritime capabilities.

To this end, the Navy League works closely with the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and US-flag Merchant Marine through a network of 265 councils in the U.S. and around the world. The Navy League has more than 65,000 active members.

The Navy League supports America's young people through its youth programs, including sponsorship of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League Scholarship Program. Individual councils are also involved in promoting youth-oriented activities in their communities such as NJROTC, MCJROTC, and ROTC units along with other recognized youth programs. Local councils and national headquarters provide over $200,000 in scholarships and awards every year.

Navy League councils support active duty military personnel through "adoption" of ships, installations, and units; commissioning ceremonies; award programs; and other recognition programs.

Over the years, the Navy League has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments. Today the Navy League is widely respected by citizens, community and industrial leaders, and public officials. Navy League programs are welcomed in communities throughout the nation, and members are recognized for their integrity and patriotism.

To Join Navy League of the United States and the Pittsburgh Council, please go to the National Navy League site at: 

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