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

by Adam Levine

in Slogans & Sayings

Updated: March 24th, 2014

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 Custom Ink. He has worked at Custom Ink 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.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave Dettor October 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

NAVY: “Non sibi sed patriae”

Marianne Peri-Sack September 3, 2017 at 10:52 pm

I am writing a story about a 100 year old retired commander and wanted to end it with the saying but could not remember it all. “Fair Winds and Following Seas” Thank you. My husband, his father and oldest brother were all in the Marines. He would not forgive me if I did not mention their slogan “Semper Fi”

Dick Chabot August 20, 2017 at 11:24 pm

“Keepers of the Sea”

Steve June 26, 2017 at 3:07 am

You could try reading “Devil Boats, The PT War Against Japan”. Also, “PT 109” about the famous PT boat commander John F. Kennedy and 35th President.

spardy June 20, 2017 at 6:41 am

I think i can speak for the entire Navy when i say that the only real motto or slogan has and always will be IYAOYAS.

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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