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We are an Association at the center of Surface Warfare that provides for its members support, programs and activities which enable professional growth, personal satisfaction and camaraderie.

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 Association’s first elected president, Vice Admiral Robert L. Walters, presided over the first board meeting in January, 1987. In an effort to expand the communication and education goals of the Association, an annual symposium and convention was started in 1988.


  • To promote recognition of the continuing contributions of the United States Navy and Coast Guard Surface Forces in United States' security.

  • To recognize and publicize professional excellence in Surface Naval Forces. 

  • To deal with the challenges in the role of Surface Naval Forces in national security. 

  • To promote liaison and communication among military, academic and business communities. 

  • To foster and preserve the heritage of the Surface Naval Forces in the United States Navy and Coast Guard. 

  • To provide forums on professional matters affecting Surface Naval Forces and the United States Navy and Coast Guard.

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