Salute to the Coast Guard

Our council had the great pleasure of attending the Salute to the Coast Guard with special guest ADM Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard.
Local Sea Cadets provided an outstanding Color Guard service and enjoyed festivities with us.


Ira Lambeth, Skip Witunski, PO3 Kiersten Willey, LC2 Nathan Willey, LC2 Daniel Willey, SA Connar Satterfield, LT Pamela North-Bates, ADM Karl Schultz

Skip Witunski and Ira Lambeth (Pres. Elect) presenting Tampa Bay council’s wreath during the Blackthorn ceremony.

Skip Witunski with Ed Miyagishima

Annual Meeting and Officer Installation – Feb 19 6:30pm – 8:00pm



Nominating Committee Presents the following recommendations for the 2020 Officers:   
President – Ira Lambeth
Vice Pres – Gail Ryan
Treasurer – Skip Witunski
Secretary – Micheala McCormick


Feb. 19th, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton
4500 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607
Tampa, Fl 33607
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Light hor d’oeuvres and cash bar
Look forward to seeing you all and welcome our new board for 2020 on Feb. 19th, 2020
RSVP to Skip Witunski (


Say Hello to the Navy League’s NEW LOGO



At our November board meeting, the executive committee voted on and approved the use of the Navy League seal as the official logo of the organization. This seal was approved as the sole logo and will take the place of both the downward-facing and slanted anchors.

2019 Tampa Area Navy Ball – Oct. 25th

NavyBall Flyer

9th Annual RADM Collins Awards Dinner

Navy Womens Soccer

Tori Mitchell, a Freshman for the Midshipmen, scored her first goal in the 88th minute against Howard, to tie the game.  The Midshipmen eventually went on to win the game.  Congratulations Tori, the Tampa Bay Navy League continues to be proud of your accomplishments.   GO NAVY!

Reserve your seats for the celebration of the 243rd birthday of the US Navy.   See the events page for details. 

 Reserve your seats for the celebration of the 243rd birthday of the US Navy.   See the events page for details. 

Eighth Annual RADM LeRoy Collins, Jr Academy Appointee Celebration

Tonight, May 15, 2018 our Council celebrates with local Maritime Academy Appointees and NROTC Scholarship winners at the Holiday Inn Westshore.  Our Eighth Annual Celebration will recognize 4 young men and 3 women with appointments to the U.S. Naval Academy, 1 young lady with an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1 young man with an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and 2 young men who have been awarded NROTC scholarships.


Our honored guest and speaker for this evening will be Rear Admiral Sinclair M. Harris (retired).  Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris is a native of Washington D.C. He is a 1981 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics. His early sea assignments include tours aboard USS Long Beach (CGN 9), USS Vincennes (CG 49), USS Jarrett (FFG 33), USS Coronado (AGF 11), and as commissioning executive officer in USS Benfold (DDG 65).


Please help us Congratulate these future leaders and their families.


Tampa plays host to NAVY WEEK  this year.

Visit this site for information on all the events: TAMPA NAVY WEEK INFORMATION

Our Council is hosting a reception for the Admirals who will be visiting our city.  The event will be held on Tuesday, 8 May at 7:00 p.m at the Westshore Holiday Inn, 700 N Westshore Drive, Tampa 33609  All Tampa Bay Council members are welcome to attend.

USCGC TAMPA returns to Tampa, FL. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Long Gone but Not Forgotten: USCGC Tampa

A torpedo sent the ship and its crew to the bottom of Bristol Channel in Great Britain in 1918

The story of USCGC Tampa, leading up to its fateful voyage near the end of World War I that killed 115 sailors, including 24 Tampa men, soon will be told on an exterior wall at the Tampa Bay History Center.

The 190-foot *USCGC Tampa.*

Hillsborough County’s Public Art Program is paying $75,000 for the stained-glass mosaic at the downtown Tampa museum. In pictures and words, it will describe the ship and its crew – from the cutter’s launch in 1912 as the Miami, to participation in Gasparilla celebrations from 1913 to 1917 and rechristening as USCGC Tampa, to iceberg patrol, to its transfer to the Navy when the United States entered WWI in April 1917.

Refitted with larger weapons and painted Navy gray, the 190-foot Tampa watched for German submarines as it escorted 18 convoys of merchant vessels off the western coast of Europe during the war. On Sept. 26, 1918, while leading a convoy from Gibraltar to Milford Haven, Wales, a torpedo struck the ship. She sank, and all hands on board perished. It was the single greatest combat loss to the Navy in WWI.

Tampa residents were devastated. The ship and its crew had become fixtures at Gasparilla festivities, firing the cutter’s cannons at a mock pirate ship during the latter vessel’s annual “invasion” of the city. The booming exchange initiated the tradition of gun blasts that continues today. The Tampa’s appearance also served as a Coast Guard recruiting tool, which largely is why two dozen local men were crew members.

Sailors aboard the *USCGC Tampa.*

Now, 100 years after the Tampa sank in Bristol Channel, killing the sailors and 16 passengers, The Tampa Bay History Center is honoring the ship and her crew. On Feb. 4, one week after the annual Gasparilla Invasion & Parade, dignitaries and residents will gather at the History Center to dedicate the mosaic. The 10-by-22-foot display will be on the History Center’s west wall, overlooking Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park.

“It’s our proud heritage,” says Nancy Turner, a tireless advocate for keeping the USCGC Tampa’s story afloat for modern residents. “How many cities have a ship named for them?”

The History Center is near the site of the Tampa’s berth when the vessel was in Tampa. The current USCGC Tampa, based in Portsmouth, Virginia, will be here for Gasparilla festivities and the mosaic’s dedication. Launched in 1984, the newer 270-foot ship’s motto, “Thy way is the sea, thy path in the great waters,” was lifted from an Arlington National Cemetery memorial to the vessel’s long-submerged predecessor.

A book, USCGC Tampa, Tampa’s Own, available at the Tampa Bay History Center, tells a detailed story of the ill-fated vessel, and is dedicated to the crew of the current USCGC Tampa. Its author, Robin Gonzalez, has distributed the book to high schools throughout Hillsborough County.

Says the U.S. Coast Guard: “Few words carry as much weight in the annals of Coast Guard history as the word ‘Tampa.'”

If you go:

What: USS (USCGC) Tampa Mural Dedication

When: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at 10 a.m.

WhereTampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. (next to Cotanchobee Park in downtown Tampa)

Event Details: Admission is free. Following the ceremony, guests may view an exhibit on the USS Tampa in the History Center’s TECO Learning Center, free of charge. An admission fee is required to view the museum’s other exhibition galleries.