SNA New London Overview


The Surface Navy Association (SNA) was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces.  The Associationís first elected President, Vice Admiral Robert L. Walters, presided over the first board meeting in January, 1987.  Admiral Arleigh Burke was a founding member and Chairman of the Board.  In an effort to expand the communication and education goals of the Association, an annual symposium and convention was begun in 1988. 

The New London Chapter promotes the recognition of the continuing contributions of the surface forces of the United States Navy (USN) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) to the security of the United States amongst key decision makers and educators in the region. To that end we will:

  • Recognize and publicize professional excellence in USN & USCG Surface Naval Forces and amongst all those who support those forces in their mission of providing for the security of the United States.

  • Seek actively opportunities to engage in discussions of the tactical and strategic contributions of USN & USCG Surface Naval Forces to national security. 

  • Pursue aggressively opportunities to promote liaison and communication between the business, military and academic communities to further understanding of the contributions of the Surface Navy and Coast Guard to national security.

  • Foster and preserve the heritage of Surface Naval Forces, the United States Navy, and the United States Coast Guard to enhance an appreciation of past contributions and future promise in the preservation of our national security. 

  • Provide a continuing forum on professional matters affecting the Surface Navy and its integral role within both the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard through a variety of means throughout the professional, business and academic communities.

  • Recognize Sailors as the Surface Navy and Coast Guard's most valuable asset and actively pursue opportunities to promote Surface Warfare Officer and Enlisted esprit de corps to impact positively retention.