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About the Award Dinner


Welcome to the New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States. The New York Commandery hosts a number of educational and social events throughout the year, and builds comradery between its companions in support of the naval services. Membership in the Naval Order is by invitation only. If you have an interest, join us at one of our events.


To encourage research and writing on naval and maritime subjects, preserve documents, portraits and other records of prominent figures deeds and memories of our naval and maritime history, and through fellowship of our members advance the Naval Order's unselfish service and worthy aims for the security and enduring well-being of our country. To foster, among all American citizens, informed interest in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, with the understanding that their efficiency is essential to national security and that readiness to make victory in war certain and speedy will deter aggression and minimize dangers to world peace.  

March 2020 Luncheon


Monday, 2 March 2020

Speaker: CAPT Lawrence B. Brennan, USN, JAG (Ret.)


A view from USS NIMTIZ (CVN 68)


370 Park Avenue (at 52nd Street)

New York City

Reception:  1130hrs

Luncheon:  1200hrs

Gentlemen guests are required to wear jacket and tie.

Professor Brennan was the lawyer on board USS NIMITZ when it launched eight helicopters as part of the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission on April 24, 1980. He is a member of the faculty at Fordham Law School who teaches the Admiralty and International Maritime Law Course. He has litigated and investigated many ship collision and casualty cases both for the US Navy and in private practice. 

He was a Federal Litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice and is a lawyer in private practice in New York City. Also, he is a retired Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy and served at sea and ashore for more than 33 years, including record setting tour at sea in the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). As a Navy Lieutenant, he spent months in the Persian Gulf, Northern Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Oman areas.  He was counsel for the Navy Investigation into the fatal air crash on board NIMITZ that led to the “Zero Tolerance” anti-drug program following 14 deaths and more than 50 serious injuries. He has extensive experience litigating and investigating major marine casualties on both the civil and criminal side. He was the action officer on Navy Staff for the review of the USS VINCENNES shoot down of Iran Airbus 655. He has been involved in the fatal collision between the nuclear submarine USS GREENEVILLE and the Japanese school ship EHIME MARU off Honolulu in 2001, the collision between the aircraft carrier, USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) and the tanker MT NAPO off Cuba and the fatal collision between the bulk carrier MV J MARION SKY and the containership MV INDUSTRIAL CENTURY in January 2000.  Larry has decades of experience with the Law of the Sea Convention for the government (Navy and as a State Department consultant), for multinational clients in the energy and environmental business, and as Chair of International Law of the Sea Committee for the Maritime Law Association of the U.S.  He was Navy’s Senior Admiralty Counsel, commanded two Reserve Units during wartime, and has been a consultant to the Departments of Defense and State.  He drafted the presidential transmittal of the Law of the Sea Treaty to the United Sates Senate.  He has been involved in the implementation, drafting, and teaching of Rules of Engagement for more than three decades.  He served at the U.S. Naval War College for more than five years and participated in the annual Global War Games and ultimately commanded the NWC’s Law Reserve Unit. Captain Brennan acted as principal legal advisor and Chief of Staff for combatant commanders in Global War Games at the U.S. Naval War College and war games in the Republic of Korea. 


He received his BA magna cum laude in 1974 and his JD in 1977 from Fordham.  He was founding Executive Director of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Inc. and served under Professor Hans J. Morgenthau. 

Professor Brennan has been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Navy Times, Stars and Stripes, Defense News, Financial Review, The New York Post, NPR, S& P Global, Above the Law, Business Insider US Naval Institute Proceedings; Naval History; he has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC’s The Today Show, CNN, The Abrams Report, VOA,  Fox New York, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, other television, national and international radio program

Pay for the Luncheon Online


The cost for the luncheon is $70 in advance or online.  You can download the invitation and registration, or pay online via PayPal.

At the door is $75.

New York Commandery Blessing

CAPT Howard Freiburger, USN (Ret)