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37th National Symposium

Join experts and decision makers in the military, industry, and congress. Leadership will discuss how the Surface Force is a critical element of national defense and security in an era of great power competition. With 80+ exhibitors, 3,000+ attendees, this is one of the most influential professional development and networking opportunities in the defense community.

All links are from the 2024 event for reference only.

Where: Hyatt Regency Crystal City
When: January 14-16, 2025
Theme: TBD

Hotel Information

Check back in June for booking information.


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It is important to note that parking enforcement in Crystal City is robust and timely. The Early Bird parking at the two parking garages is the best value for a workday event at the Hotel.

Dress Code

Attendees (Active Duty/Reservist in Uniform): Khakis or SDBs are appropriate for all events EXCEPT the Banquet on Thursday evening. Banquet is Service Dress Blues with ribbons.

Attendees (All Others): Business Attire for all events including the Banquet.

Awardees (Active Duty/Reservist in Uniform): Service Dress Blue for Awards Luncheon & Banquet. Khakis or SDBs for all other events.

Awardees (All Others): Business Attire

Speakers (Active Duty/Reservist in Uniform) Service Dress Blues or equivalent.

Speakers (All Others): Business Attire


The following events are NOT open to the Media:

  • Retired Flag Brief
  • Junior Officer/Midshipman Roundtable
  • Enlisted Roundtable
  • Commander/Commanding Officer Session
  • VP/Program Managers Breakfast
  • Captain & Commander's Brief
  • CEO/Flag Officer Luncheon/Brief
  • Cuttermen's Call

A media lounge will be open Tuesday Afternoon to Thursday. Please pick up registration materials on-site at the Registration Area located in the hotel lobby.

Cancellation Policy

Attendees: Cancellations must be received on or before 8 January 2025 at 1200 EST for a refund minus a $30 fee. All notifications on or after January 8, 2025 are non-refundable. If you go from Virtual Only to In-Person registration you will be charged the difference. No refunds will be issued when you switch from In-Person to Virtual Only registration.

Corporate: All payments are due upon receipt of invoice. Once assigned a booth number and/or invoiced you are committed to participate. If for any reason you need to cancel, 50% of the total invoiced will be due. If you cancel after 30 November 2024, you will be liable for 100% of the total invoiced. Prices shown are subject to change.

Final pricing will be available by 1 August 2024.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Destroyers Online Fleet Reserve Association Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) Marine Corps Mine Warfare Association Naval Order of the U.S. Naval Historical Foundation Naval Technology Navy League Military Officer Association of America U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association Vietnam Veterans
Defense Finance and Accounting Service The military pay section has the latest pay charts and allowances information. Naval Personnel Command
All Hands Naval Reservist News Navy Directives Navy News Service The principal news service of the DoN. Surface Warfare Magazine
Anchor Scholarship Foundation
Naval Vessel Registry Official registry of U.S. Naval Ships. Navy Surface Forces USS CONSTITUTION USS CONSTITUTION Museum
Warrior-Scholar Project Site of the Warrior-Scholar Project. Naval Education and Training Site of the Navy's training gurus. NJROTC A program for high school students seeking the Navy experience. NROTC All about the program that turns college students into officers. NTC Great Lakes