Upcoming Events

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Luncheon , Monday, 23 September 2019

Reception - 1130hrs

Luncheon - 1200hrs


Downtown Historic Philadelphia

GERALD J. GALLAGHER

VIGNITTESS OF MAJOR-GENERAL SMEDLEY D. BUTLER, USMC

Born in West Chester, PA in 1881, General Butler, saw action in the Philippines, China, Central America and France in World War I and was the most decorated Marine in US history receiving the Medal of Honor twice and the Marine Corp Brevet Medal. He also served for 2 years as the Director of Public Safety in Philadelphia during Prohibition tackling the notoriously corrupt police and fire departments. 


Gerald Gallagher, a graduate of Holy Cross and the University of Virginia, served as Director of the Philadelphia Police Museum for 25 years. An independent scholar, he has been inducted into the Legion of Honor of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, the Pennsylvania and American Police Hall of Fame and is a founding member of the National Army Museum at Fort Belvoir. He was also a longtime friend of General Butler’s son, Thomas. 

Past Events

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Luncheon: Monday, 22 July 2019


Recptions:  1130hrs

Luncheon1200hrs


Downtown Historic Philadel[hia

CAPT WILLIAM H.J. MANTHORPE, JR , USN (RET)

HREE REVOLUTIONARY BATTLES ON THE DELAWARE RIVER


William Manthorpe, a graduate of the Naval Academy, served as a naval intelligence officer and as a Senior Executive in the Office of CNO and as Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence before retiring as a Captain. He subsequently lectured at Johns Hopkins, taught at the National War College and the National Intelligence College. He also has been researching, speaking and writing on the Naval Heritage of Delaware and has written 2 books: A Century of Service: The US Navy on Cape Henlopen, Lewes, Delaware 1898-1996 and Ships named Delaware: Those Who Built Them and Sailed in Them.

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VICTORY AT MANILA BAY - Sunday, 28 July 2019

121st Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay

USS OLYMPIA C-6

Penn's Landing


1130 hrs aboard USS Olympia


Lunch follows at Rope & Anchor Restaurant

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Luncheon, Wednesday 30 April 2019

Reception:   1130hrs

Luncheon:  1200hrs

Downtown Philadelphia

CHRIS GLEESON

Anti-Submarine Warfare in the Cold War

Chris Gleeson, a Founder Emeritus of Trinity Financial Partners in Berwyn, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and American College of Financial Services. Previously he spent 9 years as a Naval Aviator flying anti-submarine warfare missions in the North Atlantic. By 1990 the Soviet Union had a submarine force of 260 boats, many missile equipped with nuclear weapons, presenting a significant threat to United States national security. Our aircraft carrier Hunter Killer/ Anti- Submarine Warfare (ASW) groups played a major role in countering that threat. Today, the submarine forces of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea pose an even more challenging threat requiring ongoing ASW vigilance.

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Luncheon, Monday 14 November 2018

11:30hrs  Reception

12:00hrs. Luncheon


Downtown Philadelphia

JOHN MAURER

Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strateg

Naval War College

WINSTON CHURCHILL, NAVAL POWER

AND THE GREAT WAR:  LESSONS FOR TODAY



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Luncheon

Monday, 10 September 2018

Reception:  11:30hrs

Luncheon:  12:00hrs

SETH CROPSEY

“Seablindness, American Sea Power Predicament Today”

Dr. Seth Cropsey is Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower. A

graduate of Harvard-St. George’s School, St. John’s College and Boston College, he

worked for Fortune Magazine, then as Assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar

Weinberger and subsequently as Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy in the Reagan and

Bush Administrations. Since 1994, he has worked for the Heritage Foundation,

American Enterprise Institute, the George C. Marshall European Center, Greenberg 

Traurig, and George W. Bush Administration.


His articles have been published by Commentary, Foreign Affairs, The Public Interest,

National Review, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. His first book, Mayday, was

a wakeup call for naval unpreparedness as is his current book, Seablindness.  

Additionally, he retired from the Naval Reserve as Lieutenant Commander.

For more information or to make a reservation,  please email the Commander, Jonathan C. Jones at jjones@jonessearchgroup.com


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Luncheon

Monday, 9 July 2018

Recpetion:  11:30am

Luncheon:  12:00pm

HON. JOHN F. LEHMAN, PhD

Secretary of the Navy (1981-987)

OCEANS VENTURED

Winning the Cold War at Sea

When Ronald Reagan took office in January 1981, the United States and NATO

were losing the Cold War. The USSR had superiority in conventional weapons and

manpower   in   Europe,   and   had   embarked  on   a   massive   program   to   gain   naval

preeminence. But Reagan already had a plan to end the Cold War without armed

conflict.  Reagan  led  a  bipartisan  Congress  to  restore American  command  of  the

seas   by   building   the   navy   back   to   six   hundred   major   ships   and   fifteen   aircraft

carriers. He adopted a bold new strategy to deploy the growing fleet to northern

waters around the periphery of the Soviet Union and demonstrate that the NATO  

fleet could sink Soviet submarines, defeat Soviet bomber and missile forces, and

strike aggressively deep into the Soviet homeland if the USSR attacked NATO in

Central Europe. New technology in radars, sensors, and electronic warfare made

ghosts of American submarines and surface fleets. The United States proved that it

could effectively operate carriers and aircraft in the ice and storms of Arctic waters,

which no other navy had attempted. The Soviets, suffocated by this naval strategy,

were forced to bankrupt their economy trying to keep pace. Shortly thereafter the

Berlin Wall fell, and the USSR disbanded. In “Oceans Ventured”, John Lehman

reveals for the first time the untold story of the naval operations that played a major

role in winning the Cold War.


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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

75th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the USS New Jersey

Sister Organization Event

Battleship New Jersey

62 Battleship Pl, Camden, New Jersey 08103


10 AM – 11 AM


The Battleship will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the USS New Jersey into the United States Navy with a ceremony on the forecastle on Wed., May 23 at 10am.

  

WWII veterans and other VIPs will say a few words. The rencelty reinstalled Quad 40 Gun will be officially dedicated. We will also have music, dedicate a new gun to the ship's arsenal and even share cake with all in attendance at this free ceremony.


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120th Anniversay of the Battle of Manila Bay

USS Olympia, Philadelphia

Saturday, 28 April 2018

11:30 hrs

Commenoration and Tour Aboarrd USS Olympia


Luncheon:  Rope and Anchor Restaurant