Navy League Pittsburgh Council


USS Pittsburgh Set for Decommissioning

The USS Pittsburgh, SSN 720, a Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on May 28, 2019 to begin the eventual decommissioning process.  The USS Pittsburgh was commissioned in 1985 and home ported in Groton, CT.  She was launched on December 8, 1984 sponsored by Dr. Carol Sawyer, and commissioned on November 23, 1985.  We in the Pittsburgh Council are most proud to have supported the crew and boat since its christening. 

See the story in the 2Q19 Newsletter.  Additional information will be posted in the USS Pittsburgh Tab as it becomes available.

USS Pittsburgh arrives at Bremerton Naval Base

Looking forward to Exciting and Rewarding Events in 2019

The Pittsburgh Council looks forward to 2019, 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.

Upcoming Events

VA Picnic September 21

Each fall our Navy League, Pittsburgh Council sponsors a gathering at the Veteran's Administration Heinz Campus to thank the veterans for their service and provide a great picnic lunch of hot dogs, homemade baked beans, chips, cookies and watermelon.  Participants include and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Sea Services Chapter Pittsburgh and Midshipmen from the Steel City Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).  The veterans are assisted from their rooms and brought to the outdoor pavilion (if it is not raining) where they are served lunch and relate the many stories of service to our country.   This year, 2019, the event is scheduled for September 21.

Navy Ball October 11

The Pittsburgh Area Navy Ball will be held on October 11 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum with the theme, "No Higher Honor".  Our guest speaker will be Master Chief Scott Benning, USN, ret and author of " Power of Positive Leadership" and currently the Director of Management of the Navy Staff. See the attached registration form.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about the USS Pittsburgh and our local Navy League

3rd Quarter 2019 Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter posted

The 3rd Quarter 2019 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.  Check out the stories about the VA picnic, Navy Ball invitation, USS Pittsburgh deactivation date and more.

Pittsburgh Resources List

Updated Resource list (June 13, 2019) posted in Council News and Features section

USS Pittsburgh Change of Command

Council members attended the Change of Command of the USS Pittsburgh on January 12, 2018.   CDR Neil Colston, the outgoing commanding officer, thanked the Council for its support, including visits to the city by the crew, hosting a Christmas party for the crew’s children and providing a scholarship program. The Council welcomed CDR Jason Deichler, a son of Pittsburgh, as the new commanding officer; and, of course, celebrated with a Pittsburgh traditional cookie table.

See the January 16, 2018 Pittsburgh Post Gazette article:

See the February 2, 2018 Pittsburgh Post Gazette article:

See the USS Pittsburgh Tab for further information

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Other local Navy and Military Events

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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