Slogans & Sayings

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


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)


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