Naval Order Congress - 2017

18-21 October 2017

Jacksonville, Florida

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The 2017 Naval Order Congress is planned for the beautiful city of Jacksonville Florida; a city bisected by the magnificent St John's River and bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the East.

Jacksonville is home to Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville (Original Home of the Blue Angels), Marine Corps Logistics Base Blount Island, and just to the north is Naval Submarine Base, King's Bay Georgia.  I-95 passes through the heart of the city and it is the end point for Interstate 10 which began in Los Angeles.  

Arrive early and take advantage of what Florida has to offer:  

- Take a Cruise out of Jacksonville on the Carnival cruise ship 'Elation'!  Arrive on the morning of the 12th and hop on the 'Elation' for a 4 night cruise of the blue Caribbean heading for the Bahamas -"CRUISE"-!  Ship returns on the 16th in plenty of time to catch all of the CONGRESS action.  Get with your special someone and/or some friends and make arrangements for Cruisin' on your own at the Carnival Website!

- Take a day trip to the Magic Kingdom (4hrs away in Orlando); the Oldest City: St Augustine (1 hr down beautiful A1A); Kingsley Plantation (20 min from the hotel); Jacksonville's Beaches (20 min from the hotel); World Golf Village and the PGA Hall of Fame (25 minutes south of Jax); Daytona International Speedway (90 min South of Jax); Theater (walking or water taxi distance from the Hotel); and so much more!  

- How about a Deep Sea or River fishing experience?   Cap'n Steve at knows the best spots and can get you there on a half day charter out of Mayport to catch Wahoo, Amber Jack, Reds, Sea Bass, King Mackerel, and a whole lot more!!!. Call Cap'n Steve at (904)463-3998.

- See an NFL Football Game between the surging Jacksonville Jaguars and the Los Angeles Rams on Sun 15 Oct at Everbank Field, a short water taxi ride from the hotel! 

Much more detailed information to follow on the CONGRESS which will be posted soon.....check back with us!

Accommodation Reservations:  The CONGRESS Hotel will be the 'Doubletree Riverwalk' in Downtown Jacksonville and is open for Reservations.  Reservations can be made by calling the Hilton Worldwide Reservations for $129/night at 800.222.TREE (8733) ask for “Naval Order of the US Congress 2017” 

or do it on-line here at the "CONGRESS link" . Use the Reservation Group Code: NOU 

Please submit ideas and desires to 

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NOUS 2017 Congress: Jacksonville

Events (Notional)

Sun 15 Oct

Jacksonville Jaguars vs LA Rams at Everbank Field

(Early arrivers are welcome to attend the game.  Tickets will be $50 ea for Upper Deck tickets.   RSVP desire to attend to NLT 15 Jul to ensure ability to get a Block of Tickets.  Payment will be coord separately fm CONGRESS Accounting.  There will be a Tailgate prior to and following the game and Local Companions will assist with transport to and from the game site.)

Tues 17 Oct

Early Arrivals

Local Excursions (own cognizance)

Companions are encourgaged to take advantage of proximity to St Augustine (US Oldest City) and World Golf Village (PGA Hall of Fame) prior to or following the CONGRESS.  For those desiring to play Golf, the Commandery will have Golf Clubs available for use and is happy to make recommendations for Courses in the Area to Play.  All three Naval Bases (Mayport, NAS Jax, and Kings Bay) have SUPERB courses and the Players Course at Sawgrass is Iconic along with King and the Bear at World Golf Village.  E-mail to if interested in a Golf outing prior to the CONGRESS at  Also if you'd like a Half Day of River or Ocean Fishing let us know and we'll hook you up with Capt Steve at to catch some Big Ones!!!!!

1900-2200    Pre-event –Wine Tasting / Painting with a Twist (Tentative)


Wed 18 Oct

0800-1700 Registration Open

Executive Committee Meetings

1715-2200    Dinner at the Alhambra Dinner Theater for the production of "The Addams Family" 

 - The Alhamabra will be donating a portion of the gate to the USS Charles F Adams (DDG-2) Museum.....


Thurs 19 Oct

General Council / other Committee Meetings

1300-1400   Opening Ceremonies

Welcome by the Mayor of Jacksonville (Tentative)

Committee Reports

Optional Tours

1800-2100 CG Reception at Hotel Pool Deck 


Fri 20 Oct

0800-1600   General Session /

1130-1330    DSSA-SE / LCDR Lee Douglas Award Luncheon (Ruth's Chris Steakhouse)

Speaker Presentations

Re-Dedication of the Liberty Hound Statue' at Jacksonville Navy Memorial

1900-2200  Jacksonville Symphony (Couriered by Water Taxi) (Tentative)


Sat 21 Oct

0800-1430  General Session / Speaker Presentations

Optional Tours:   RiverCity Marketplace / Cummer Museum / Kingsley Plantation, etc

1130-1330ADM George Dewey Luncheon (Ruth's Chris Steakhouse)

Optional Tours:   RiverCity Marketplace / Cummer Museum / Kingsley Plantation, etc

1730-2200   DSSA Formal Cocktail Reception / Banquet (Doubletree Ballroom)

Tours and Specific Speaker information will be added as details are firmed up.  Send ideas and suggestions to .

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