President Harry S. Truman (waving his hat) with his party on board USS Renshaw during the Navy Day Fleet Review in New York Harbor, 27 October 1945. USS Missouri is in the right background, and Navy planes are flying in formation overhead.

A Naval Review is an event where the whole (or a very large part) of the United States Navy is paraded to be reviewed by the president of the United States or the secretary of the Navy. It often includes warships and delegates from other national navies. It is more regular and frequent than its British equivalent, the Fleet Review, and often occurs on a Navy Day.

Following is a list of past Naval Reviews, by president. Each was reviewed by the president, unless otherwise noted.

Nineteenth century

Grover Cleveland

Before World War One

Theodore Roosevelt

William Howard Taft

1914–1919: Woodrow Wilson

USS Arizona at the New York City review, 26 December 1918. She was the first of ten dreadnoughts to parade past Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels.


Warren G. Harding

Calvin Coolidge

USS Maryland during the June 1927 review

Franklin D. Roosevelt

USS Chicago (CA-29) underway off New York City, during 31 May 1934 fleet review.

1940 to 1945

  • Navy Day, 27 October 1940
  • Navy Day Fleet Review in New York Harbor, 27 October 1945

Post-war to present

Dwight Eisenhower

International Naval Review – 1957

Gerald Ford

  • 1976, New York Harbor – International Naval Review for United States Bicentennial, which included USS Forrestal as host ship on whose flight deck on 4 July the President rang in the Bicentennial. American ships were joined with vessels from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, West Germany, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, the Soviet Union, Israel, Egypt, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, The Netherlands, & Romania. The vessels included[4]

Ronald Reagan

Bill Clinton


  1. ^ "Bennington I". DANFS.
  2. ^ Paul Stillwell, Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991), 303. ISBN 0-87021-023-8. OCLC 23654474.
  3. ^ USS Albany Web Site
  4. ^

External links

  • The short film GATHERING OF MEN AND SHIPS, THE (1977) is available for free download at the Internet Archive