CELEBRATING AMERICA’S SAILOR: TOUGH, BOLD, AND READY
The Singapore Chapter of the Navy League of the United States was proud to host this event at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia on October 8, 2016. We celebrated our outstanding service men and women, and highlighted the importance of camaraderie and partnership with the sea services both in Singapore and around the world. Guests had the opportunity to be a part of a noble tradition and spirited community of diplomats, military leaders, corporate partners, and other distinguished members of our Singapore family.
Guest-of-Honor, the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar delivered a touching keynote address, reflecting upon his years of service in Singapore with his family. Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson, Commander of Task Force 73 also spoke, sharing wisdoms and anecdotes earned over the course of his highly decorated Navy career. Mr. Raymond B. Corrigan, President of the Singapore Chapter of the Navy League of the United States gave a warm welcome to all guests and reinforced the importance of the U.S. Navy in our community in Singapore and what an honor it is for the Navy League to provide support.
The U.S. Navy originated during the War of Independence, and October 13, 1775 is observed as the Navy’s birthday. In 1789, a newly ratified U.S. Constitution gave the country the right to ‘provide and maintain a Navy.’ On April 30, 1798, the Department of the Navy was established. Since that time, the U.S. Navy has been operating 365 days a year to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad. We are thankful for the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve and to celebrate their legacy.
The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt. Since then, the organization has grown to include more than 245 chapters around the world. The Singapore chapter was chartered in 1994 and maintains close ties with both visiting and resident military communities. Our mission is to educate members of our international community in Singapore about the importance of having a capable and fully prepared sea services, to support the men and women of the sea services and their families, and to advocate for maintaining a strong U.S. industrial base to carry America’s future.
We welcome all ages and nationalities to join the Singapore chapter. We provide our members with the chance to explore U.S. Navy ships and subs on tours and receptions, engaged with military leaders and dignitaries, meet service men and women, and celebrate tradition with balls like this one!
The Navy League thanks all our sponsors, members, community partners, and affiliates for making this event possible. We especially want to recognize the dedication and hard work of our Navy Ball Planning Committee. We hope to see everyone next year!
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