A Christmas Message from your Navy League Council President

Carlos Photo

Dear members and friends,

This is my first letter since I took up the position of President of our Madrid Council back in July and I would like to thank all of you for trusting me with the honor to chair the Board of Directors of this outstanding service organization.

We have had a very exciting year at our Navy League Madrid Council, with extraordinary guest speakers in each of our eight dinners. We came back to the US Embassy for our May Cocktail and we also enjoyed a very special Gala Ball, with remarkable recognitions given to some key individuals who have made valuable contributions to our Council objectives, like Past President Luis San Miguel, CDR Mark Dennison (Deputy Chief, ODC Spain) and Board Secretary Mal Murphy.

During this year we have also seen new Corporate Sponsors (like Escribano and Black Bull Group) as well as new individual members, joining the Navy League Madrid Council, thus contributing to the strengthening of our organization. I really hope that other new Sponsors and individual members will join us in 2019 making our organization not only bigger, but more attractive and performing for all.

I would like to thank all of our Sponsors and Members for their support to the Madrid Council. Without them we would not be able to fulfill our objectives and support the men and women of the Sea Services in the US and Spain.

Like every year, we are not having a dinner in December. We will have our next dinner on January 24th, with Julio Juan Prieto from Accenture as guest speaker. Julio Juan is very well known in the Aerospace & Defense industrial community and I am sure that we will be all looking forward to listen to his speech.

As we celebrate Christmas, please remember to give thanks to all the men and women of our armed forces and very especially to those who may not be able to celebrate with family and friends.

Along with the Board of Directors, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!


Carlos Suárez




Details of the Spanish Navy´s Rastrillo (Christmas Market)

The sixth charitable market for the Spanish Navy takes place on Thursday 29th November, Friday 30th November and Saturday December 1st from 12 noon to 8pm in the Centro Cultural de los Ejércitos which is at Calle Gran Vía 13 (i.e. at the junction with Calle Clavel – diagonally across from the Ale Hop Store).

Navy Rastrillo

November Dinner – Ángel Escribano Ruíz – CEO, Escribano Mechanical & Engineering, S.L.

Dear Navy League member/friend,
Our next dinner meeting takes place on Thursday November 29th at 8pm in the Intercontinental Hotel. 
We are delighted to welcome to our podium Sr. D. Ángel Escribano Ruíz, CEO of Escribano Mechanical and Engineering, S.L.
He will speak on “The New Wave of the Naval Artillery Industry“. More details are in the flyer which is here: November 2018 NL dinner announcement
All people wishing to attend should RSVP to rsvp@nlmadrid.org by Monday November 26th.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

October 26th – US Navy League Gala Ball

The Madrid Council Navy League of the United States is pleased to host the U.S. Navy’s official 243rd Birthday Ball at the Hotel InterContinental  on October 26, 2018.

Since 1972, each Chief Naval Officer has encouraged a Navy-wide birthday celebration to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service. The Navy League is honored to host this celebration of the Navy’s birthday in Madrid. Please join us as we honor 243 years of service to our country through this year’s theme, “Forged by The Sea.”

Navy League members and invited guests will receive invitations by email in early October. Additional guests may attend for a fee of €120 per person. For more details please contact secretary@nlmadrid.org

September Dinner – Jaime de Rábago – Chairman of TEDAE

Dear Navy League member/friend,
Our next dinner meeting takes place on Thursday September 27th at 8pm in the Intercontinental Hotel.
We are delighted to welcome to our podium Jaime de Rábago – Chairman of the Spanish Association of Technology Companiues of Defense, Security, Aeronautics and Space (TEDAE).
He will speak on:
“The influence of the U.S. in the Spanish Defense Industry: past, present and future”
All people wishing to attend should RSVP to rsvp@nlmadrid.org by Monday September 27th.
More details are in the flyer which is here: September 2018 NL dinner announcement
Looking forward to seeing you there!

July Dinner – Marin Night!

Dear Navy League member/friend,
Our next dinner meeting takes place on Wednesday July 18th at 8pm in the Intercontinental Hotel.
Note the change of date to a Wednesday. This is to accommodate the travel plans of the Alférez de Navio who will attend as this is our annual Marin Night dinner which celebrates Spain´s Escuela Naval Militar and this year´s Top Cadet. After the dinner the cadet will go on a trip to the USA sponsored by the US Navy League Madrid Council.
Admiral José Antonio Ruesta Botella (who is Presidente del Tribunal Marítimo Central) will give an address to the cadet called:
“Experiencia en la Armada. Palabras para un oficial que empieza”
Also, please note that (unlike our other dinners) this is a more informal event with a dress code of summer informal.
All people wishing to attend should RSVP to rsvp@nlmadrid.org by Monday July 16th.
More details are in the flyer which is here: July 2018 Cadet dinner Madrid Council NL
Looking forward to seeing you there!