Naval Order of the United States
Philadelphia Commandery

Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley


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 .

Upcoming Events

Luncheon: Monday, 14 November 2018

11:30hrs  Recpetion

12:30hrs  Luncheon

Downtown Philadelphia


Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy

Naval War College

Winston Churchill, Naval Power and the Great War: Lessons for Today

Winston Churchill served as Great Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty at the outbreak of the First World War. That era, as ours today, witnessed rising naval competition involving the great powers. As First Lord, Churchill was responsible for ensuring Britain’s security in this contest for naval mastery. The story of his leadership holds valuable lessons for current-day American leaders as they confront the growing threat posed by China’s rising naval ambitions and power. 

Professor John H. Maurer serves as Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy at the Naval War College. He is a graduate of Yale College and holds an M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the author or editor of books examining the outbreak of the First World War, military interventions in the developing world, naval rivalries and arms control between the two world wars, a study on Winston Churchill and British grand strategy, and numerous articles on international relations, strategy, and war. Before coming to the Naval War College, he held the positions of research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and executive editor of Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs.

As the Chairman of the Strategy and Policy Department, Professor Maurer led a major change in the Naval War College’s curriculum on the teaching of strategy. At the College, he teaches a popular course on Winston Churchill as statesman, strategist, politician, soldier and war leader. He also serves as a lead professor in the Colleges’ advanced strategy program. He served on the Secretary of the Navy’s advisory committee on naval history. In recognition of his contribution to professional military education, he received the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Superior Civilian Service Award, and he holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at the College.