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Popular U.S. Navy Sayings, Mottos, and Slogans

by Adam Levine

in Slogans & Sayings

Naval Officers Photo for Slogans
As we get closer to Independence Day, we thought we’d share some popular military slogans & sayings as a resource for sailors, vets, and their families. They’re a nice addition to custom Navy t-shirts or military shirts. And if there’s a particular Navy slogan you find meaningful that you think would be great on custom shirts, feel free comment at the end of the post.

U.S. Navy Mottos

*While there is no official Navy motto, here are the unofficial ones:

“Non sibi sed patriae” – “Not for Self but Country”

-Unofficial Motto

“Honor, Courage, Commitment”

-From the U.S. Navy Core Values

U.S. Navy Recruitment Slogans

“Accelerate Your Life”

-Recruiting Slogan (2001-2009)

“It’s Not Just a Job, It’s An Adventure”

-Recruiting Slogan (1976-1986)

“You Are Tomorrow; You Are The Navy”

-Recruiting Slogan (1988-1990)

“Let the Journey Begin”

-Recruiting Slogan (1996-2000)

“America’s Navy – A global force for good.”

-Recruiting Slogan (2009-Today)

Famous Naval Group Mottos

“Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit.”

-U.S. Navy Seals Official Motto

“The only easy day was yesterday!”

-U.S. Navy Seals Motto

“We Dive the World Over”

-U.S. Navy Divers Motto

“So Others May Live”

-U.S. Naval Search & Rescue Motto

“In Peace and War”

-U.S. Merchant Marines Motto

“Construimus, Batuimus” – “We Build, We Fight”

-U.S. Seabees Motto

Ship Slogans – Aircraft Carriers

“Teamwork, a Tradition”

-USS Nimitz (CVN-68)

“I Like Ike”

-USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)

“We are Legend; Ready on Arrival; The First, the Finest; Eight Reactors, None Faster”

-USS Enterprise (CVN-65) – Deactivated

“Shall not Perish”

-USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

“Vis Per Mare” – “Strength from the Sea”

-USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

“Qui Plantavit Curabit” – “He who has planted will preserve.”

-USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

“Spirit of Freedom”

-USS George Washington (CVN-73)

“Look Ahead”

-USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

“The buck stops here”

-USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

“Peace Through Strength”

-USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

“Freedom at Work”

-USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)

About the Author - Adam Levine


Adam is a Search Marketing Specialist at CustomInk. He has worked at CustomInk for more than 8 years, and helps contribute to the blog with fun content that helps inspire people. And with puns. Lots and lots of puns.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Janette Ernst April 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm

I like that.

Keena Kinsey March 31, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Thank you! My brother died (natural causes) while serving in Brunswick in 1990. In a base newsletter, news of his death was posted and a Navy or similar saying was included. I have been unable to locate the newsletter, but I remembered it as “Fair winds…” something something. It is such a relief to finally know what the saying is!

Again, thank you!

Mark Bestic January 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Joy, the phrase you are looking for is, Fair winds and Following seas. It is meant as a blessing and wishing one good luck.

Gerd January 22, 2017 at 12:18 am

Fair weather and following seas

Lissa Eckert January 17, 2017 at 8:43 am

Hey Joy! I did a quick search and is the saying, “fair winds and following seas” what you’re looking for?

Joy Clemmons January 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Does anyone know the saying that goes with the Navy?? Something like Fair weather and easy sails???? I can’t find out what it is but its very heart felt and beautiful.Thanks

Jerry Winningham January 5, 2017 at 1:39 am

How come you never hear about the men on PT boats in World War II. My father was on a PT boat, he was a motor Machinist. He would not talk about what it was like to be on a PT boat? Can somebody that was on a PT boat give me an idea please.??????

Captain Jack December 24, 2016 at 12:35 am

Naval Academy Saying:

“Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach… Once you have left it, you may never return.”

Our favorite saying we remind all the girls of… Especially those dating men in other armed forces lol:

“All the BIG guns are in the Navy!”

Laurie Blakeway November 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm

My Daddy was once a recruiter…we had mermaid bumper stickers that said sailors have more fun!!!

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