About the Commissioning Committee
The THOMAS HUDNER Commissioning Committee was formed in January 2015 as a committee of the Massachusetts Bay Council of the Navy League of the United States. While the core of the initial committee were members of the Massachusetts Bay Council, since then, the Commissioning Committee has grown to include leadership and members of the Greater Boston business community, close friends and family members of Captain Hudner, and others who have a strong interest in ensuring that the events surrounding the ship's commissioning are a fitting tribute to the great American hero for whom this ship is named.
While the U.S. Navy funds the the actual formal ceremony, planning for the other events as part of the commissioning celebration is the responsibility of the committee from the host community and is funded through charitable donations from both the corporations that contributed toward the construction of the ship and members of the host city.
The commissioning ceremony is a time-honored event in the life of every US Navy ship. Dignitaries, other special honored guests, and the general public are welcomed to a ceremony steeped in tradition in which the vessel becomes a United States Ship and its Commanding Officer and crew formally come aboard and bring the ship to life.
About the Navy League of the United States
Massachusetts Bay Council
Supporting the Sea Services
The Navy League has grown from its roots to become the foremost citizens’ organization to serve, support, and stand with all U.S. sea services – the Navy, Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and the U.S. Flag Merchant Marine. Decade after decade, the Navy League has demonstrated its leadership in advocating superior sea power to safeguard U.S. national security, protect American economic interests, and ensure freedom of the seas.
Enhance the morale of active-duty personnel and their families
Inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services
Support youth through programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines that expose young people to the values of our sea services
Founded in 1902, the Navy League supports a strong Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine as integral parts of a sound national defense. Through a number of programs, the Navy League educates and informs the American people about sea power in the nuclear age, works to better the conditions under which members of the sea services live and serve, supports he Reserve forces, and educates our youth in the customs and traditions of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine through the means of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
Along with many other programs supporting the sea services, the Navy League sponsors commissioning ceremonies, aspects of which are not funded by the US defense budget. The Massachusetts Bay Council has a long history of coordinating the commissioning ceremonies for ships for both the Navy and Coast Guard. It has been directly involved in planning the
commissioning ceremonies for the USS SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON (FFG 13) in 1980, USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) in 1986, USS RAMAGE (DDG 61) in 1995, USS PREBLE (DDG 88) in 2002, USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) in 2007, and USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) in 2015. The USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116) will be the first US Navy warship to be commissioned in Boston in over a decade.