Welcome to the Philadelphia Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States. The Philadelphia Commandery hosts a number of educational and social events throughout the year, and builds comradery between its companions in support of the naval services. Membership in the Naval Order is by invitation only. If you have an interest, join us at one of our events. 



To encourage research and writing on naval and maritime subjects, preserve documents, portraits and other records of prominent figures deeds and memories of our naval and maritime history, and through fellowship of our members advance the Naval Order's unselfish service and worthy aims for the security and enduring well-being of our country. To foster, among all American citizens, informed interest in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, with the understanding that their efficiency is essential to national security and that readiness to make victory in war certain and speedy will deter aggression and minimize dangers to world peace. 

To learn more about the Naval Order of the United States, please email the Commander, Jonathan C. Jones at jjones@jonessearchgroup.com .

Upcoming Events


Luncheon: Monday, 20 April 2020

11:30hrs  Recpetion

12:00hrs  Luncheon

Historic Downtown Philadelphia


 Former Secretary of the Navy and Member of the 9/11 Commission 


John Lehman is Chairman of J.F. Lehman & Co., a private equity investment firm and a Director of Verisk, Inc. and EnerSys Corporation. Previously he served as Secretary of the Navy, President of Abington Corporation, staff member to Henry Kissinger on the National Security Council, a member of the 9/11 Commission and the National Defense Commission and served for 25 years in the Naval Reserve.

A graduate of St Joseph’s University (BS), Cambridge University (MA) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD), he is an Hon. Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, an author of many books, including Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea, On Seas of Glory, Command of the Seas and Making War, Chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation and a member of the Board of Overseers of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering.

Invitation April 20, 2020-Lehman (pdf)