Charleston Council member Bob
Besal, left, met with U.S. Rep. Tim
Scott, R-S.C., Aug. 8 in his district
office in Charleston to discuss the
Navy League’s Maritime Policy and
Navy League support of the Navy’s
fleet requirements. During the meet-
ing, Besal also delivered the Navy
League Legislative Affairs presenta-
tion, “Declining U.S. Navy Fleet, A
and operated by the Naval Heritage
Society to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and serve
as an all-ages educational tool for
teamwork and leadership courses
based on Navy standards. The project is expected to cost $12.5 million, which will be raised from private donations.
The current schedule calls for
the Hornet replica’s keel to be laid
in late summer, ship launch in early
April and fitting out by the end of
May. The completed ship, which
will be almost 200 feet long and
110 feet tall, will operate primarily
in the Chesapeake Bay region of
Virginia and Maryland, with frequent port calls in Hampton Roads,
Washington, Baltimore, Annapolis
and other cities around the bay,
according to the Naval Heritage
Society. The proximity to the Navy’s
Atlantic Fleet and the U.S. Naval
Academy is hoped to foster a close
relationship of the ship with the
Navy, and a strong local connection
with local populations in tidewater
Virginia and Maryland. ■
NAVY LEAGUE NEWS / COUNCIL DIGEST
of the United States
2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22201-5424
2010-2011 NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
J. Michael McGrath
Albert J. Baciocco Jr.
Evan S. Baker
Calvin H. Cobb Jr.
Joanne S. Crown
John H. Dalton
Richard J. Danzig
Fred Davidson III
Timothy O. Fanning
Morgan L. Fitch Jr.
Albert H. Friedrich
James S. Gracey
Alfred M. Gray Jr.
Thomas B. Hayward
Albert J. Herberger
James L. Holloway III
Paul R. Ignatius
Hansford T. Johnson
Paul X. Kelley
William C. Kelley Jr.
Jack M. Kennedy
Robert E. Kramek
Charles R. Larson
Sanford W. McDonnell
Sheila M. McNeill
J. William Middendorf II
Carl E. Mundy Jr.
John A. Panneton
John M. Rau
J. Paul Reason
Leighton W. Smith Jr.
John J. Spittler
James D. Watkins
R. James Woolsey
STATEMENT OF POLICY
■ We of the Navy League of the United
States stand for a strong America — a nation
morally, economically, and internally strong.
■ We believe that the security of our nation
and of the people of the world demands a
well-balanced, integrated, mobile American
defense team, of which a strong Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine are
■ We support all Armed Services to the end
that each may make its appropriate contribu-
tion to the national security.
■ We know that in a free nation an informed
public is indispensable to national security
and, therefore, we will strive to keep the
nation alert to dangers which threaten — both
from without and within.
■ We favor appropriations for each of the
Armed Services, adequate for national securi-
ty, economically administered.
■ We oppose any usurpation of the
Congress’s constitutional authority over the
■ We urge that our country maintain world lead-
ership in scientific research and development.
■ We support industrial preparedness, plan-
■ We support efforts of our government to
achieve worldwide peace through international
■ We advocate a foreign policy which will
avoid wars — if possible; if not, win them!