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Freedom of the Seas 2022

Protecting and Defending our Oceans

Freedom of the Seas Awards

October 22, 2022

In Honor of the Battle of Leyte Gulf

The Freedom of the Seas Awards is the premiere annual event of the National Museum of the Surface Navy and the Battleship IOWA. The event is held in honor of the Battle of Leyte Gulf anniversary, the largest naval battle of World War II and in the history of the world. Freedom of the Seas Awards is held aboard the iconic Battleship IOWA, a Leyte Gulf veteran, at the Port of Los Angeles and includes a delicious meal prepared by local award-winning chefs. The Awards honor those that embody the core principles of Americas Surface Navy to protect and defend our oceans for the benefit of the free world.  Invited and attending guests include top leaders from the fields of education, veterans, community, industry, government, and military.


  • Leadership and representatives from military, government, maritime, and industry.
  • Leadership and representatives from education, veterans, community, and youth.
  • Media and influencers.



Freedom of the Seas Award

The Freedom of the Seas Award goes to an accomplished individual who embodies the core principles of America’s Surface Navy to protect and defend our oceans for the benefit of the free world.

2022 Recipient: US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
2021 Recipient: Ambassador (Ret.) Robert C. O’Brien




VADM Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Leadership Award
Presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation

The VADM Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Award recognizes leaders who exemplify the trailblazing, courageous service of the late U.S. Surface Navy Vice Admiral.

Previous Recipients:
Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, USN (Ret.)
2021: Admiral Michelle Howard, USN (Ret.)
2019: Vice Admiral Walter Davis, USN (Ret.)
2018: Maj. Gen. Peter Gravett, USA (Ret.)
2017: Antwone Fisher
2016: Noel Massie
2015: Yvette Chappell-Ingram
2014: Dr. Wanda Austin



Gravely Essay Contest
Presented by Collier Walsh Nakazawa, LLC

Eligible eleventh grade high school students are invited to participate in a scholarship essay contest as a part of The Battleship IOWA Museum’s celebration of Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., a “Man of Many Firsts,” in observance of Black History month.  Winners will receive scholarships ranging from $500 to $2000 dollars.



Humanitarian Service Award
This award recognizes those that exemplify the fearless bravery and tenacity necessary to sail through troubled waters to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as a core principle of America’s Surface Navy.

2022 Recipient: Los Angeles County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Director Jim Zenner
2021 Recipient: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti




Commerce and Communications Award
Presented by UPS

This award recognizes leaders in commercial shipping and communications that embody a core principle of the Surface Navy in utilizing the ocean for the benefit of the free world.

2022 Recipient: California Trucking Association
2021 Recipient: UPS


2022 Freedom of the Seas Award Recipients

Freedom of the Seas Award

United States Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack

VADM Samuel L. Gravely Jr. Award

United States Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.)

Sinclair Harris

Humanitarian Service

Los Angeles County Military and Veteran Affairs Director

Jim Zenner

Commerce & Communications

Eric Sauer on behalf of

California Trucking Association

2022 Freedom of the Seas Award Review

A quick review of the 2022 Freedom of the Seas awards gala.

Video by by Arturo Garcia-Ayala, director of photography and Fabiola Esqueda, cinematographer.

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors


VADM Samuel L Gravely, Jr. Award
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Gravely Essay Contest
Collier Walsh Nakazawa, LLC

Commerce And Communications Award


Lockheed Martin Corporation

CAPT Rick Easton, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Arleigh Burke Foundation

CAPT Bill Erickson, USN (Ret.)
Surface Navy Association


Europa Village Wineries

Fincantieri Marinette Marine


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