Navy League of the United States

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement  of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League has provided a powerful voice for a stronger sea service to Congress and to the American people. The Navy League has grown into the foremost citizens’ organization to serve, support and stand with all the sea services – the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.

The Navy League is comprised of 50,000 civilians in more than 220 councils around the world working to support sea service members and their families. 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. The Navy League has three missions: to enhance the morale of active-duty personnel and their families; inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services; and support youth through programs such as the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines that expose young people to the values of our sea services.

Imperial Valley Council

The Imperial Valley Council was given its charter from national Navy League on January 15, 1949 to serve all Imperial County communities.  

The chartering ceremony took place on February 12, 1949 at the De Anza Hotel in Calexico with 300 guests attending, and National Vice President Charles Davies presiding, with Senator Owen Brewster of the great state of Maine as the guest speaker.

It was on February 15, 1956 the council received permission from the Chief of Naval Personnel, J. Holloway, Jr. to hold its monthly dinner meetings in what was then the Commissioned Officer's Mess at Naval Air Facility El Centro. It was at that first dinner meeting that we began to serve our famous T-Bone steak dinners, and aptly providing our speakers with the equally (in)famous T-Bone plaque, cast from an actual T-bone!


Though we have seen a lot of changes in our history, one thing that hasn't changed, is our passion for supporting the men and women of the sea services.

We proudly sponsor the active duty personnel and their families of:

  • Naval Air Facility El Centro

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration squadron's Blue Angels

  • Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Maintenance Unit VFA-122 Detachment El Centro

  • Marine Attack Squadron VMA-214 Blacksheep

  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter PETREL (WPB 87350)

  • Navy Munitions Command CONUS West

  • U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

    • Desert Eagle Squadron

    • Escondido Battalion

  • Navy Leaguer Cadet Corps

    • Training Ship Kit Carson

  • Calexico High School NJROTC  

The Navy League is a 501(c)(3) organization.