About Sea-Air-Space

The Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition was founded in 1965 as a means to bring the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision-makers from the sea services together for an annual innovative, educational, professional event located in the heart of Washington, D.C. 

Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support.

At Sea-Air-Space, our exhibitors and attendees experience:

  • Numerous networking and business-generating opportunities with policy-makers, purchasing agents and end users.
  • Guided VIP tours of the exhibit floor, linking customers directly to suppliers.
  • Professional development opportunities with the most up-to-date information regarding the current state of the defense industry as well as a vision of the future.
  • Dynamic luncheon and keynote speakers provide an open forum to fully disclose up-to-the-minute information and paint a realistic picture of the future.


Sea-Air-Space permits attendance in the following qualified categories:

  • Active-duty, reserve and retired U.S. military.
  • U.S. federal, state and local government employees.
  • Members of Congress and congressional staff members.
  • Representatives of foreign embassies, government and military.
  • Representatives of non-exhibiting defense industry companies.
  • Representatives of exhibiting companies.
  • Navy League members.
  • Invited guests of the Navy League.

The price to attend Sea-Air-Space is:

  • Non-Navy League Members, Non-Exhibitors: $200
  • Exhibitors, 4 badges per 100 sq. ft.: Free
  • Exhibitors Over Badge Allotment: $75
  • Military: Free
  • U.S. Federal, State or Local Government Employee: Free
  • Members of Congress and Congressional Staff: Free

All registration types include complimentary access to the Exposition Hall and all Educational Panels except the following:

  • Non-Navy League Members, Non-Exhibitors
  • Exhibitors Over Badge Allotment

The Exhibitors Over Badge Allotment allows access to booth set-up and dismantle and the Sea-Air-Space Exhibit Hall Reception.

Prince George’s Exhibit Hall:

Aug . 2 : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aug. 3 : 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 4: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Maryland B-D:

Aug. 2: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Aug. 3: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Aug. 4: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

  • Navy – Summer Whites
  • Marine Corps – Blue Deltas
  • Coast Guard – Tropical Blues
  • Civilian: Business professional

Sea-Air-Space is not open to the public. Children over the age of 15 may attend the exposition provided they are accompanied by an adult at all times. No one under the age of 18 is permitted in the exhibit halls during installation or dismantle hours.
The public and children are permitted to attend the STEM Expo, held the day before Sea-Air-Space, at the Gaylord National Harbor. For more information, visit the Navy League STEM page.

Attendees must display an official badge at all times. No badges will be mailed in advance. To pick up a badge, attendees must present their barcode, sent via email from show registration, and a government-issued photo ID.
Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Military ID
  • U.S. government ID
  • Passport

Sunday, Aug. 1: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 2: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 3: 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 4: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Price George’s Exhibit Hall

Move in:

July 30: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

July 31: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aug. 1: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Move out:

Aug. 4: 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m

Aug. 5: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Maryland B-D

Move in:

Aug. 1: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Move out:

Aug. 4: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This is a large-scale, indoor event with global participants of all different vaccination statuses.

While Marriott as a company has lifted the mask requirement for all vaccinated guests, and the hotel will not be asking any guests for proof of vaccination, we urge all our attendees to remain safe and vigilant against COVID-19 and use your own best judgment. The Navy League will have masks available onsite, and you may consider using one regardless of your vaccination status.

Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, both inside and outside of the exhibit hall.

For more information on the Gaylord’s safety protocols, visit their website.

The Gaylord Hotel will not be checking the temperature of our attendees or exhibitors. The hotel’s staff, including catering and all vendors, will have their temperatures checked. 

April 3-5, 2023

April 8-10, 2024

April 7-9, 2025

April 20-22, 2026

April 5-7, 2027

April 3-5, 2028

Please note that any attendee who is observed to be soliciting business in the aisles or other public spaces, in another company’s booth, or in violation of any portion of the exhibition policy, will be asked to leave immediately. Additional penalties may be applied. Please report any violations you may observe to show sanagement. Show management recognizes that suitcasing may also take the form of commercial activity conducted from a hotel guest room or hospitality suite, a restaurant, club, or any other public place of assembly. For the purposes of this policy, suitcasing violations may occur at venues other than the exhibition floor and at other events. Show management must be informed of any hospitality suites, and expressed consent must be received prior to the event.

  • Driver’s license
  • Military ID
  • U.S. government ID
  • Passport

The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.
As part of its mission focus, the Navy League of the United States:

  • Enhances the morale of sea service personnel and their families through national and council level programs.
  • Provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our sea services to our nation’s defense, well-being and economic prosperity.
  • Supports youth through programs, such as the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our sea services.

The Navy League has more than 35,000 individual members, more than 200 councils and, more than 240 corporate and community affiliate members.

Food and beverage are allowed in your booth, but all staff and guests must be seated while eating. You may want to serve your food and beverage in a meeting room.

Staff member count will remain the same for your booth size. Fifty percent capacity, which is the current restriction for large gatherings in the state of Maryland, falls within the range of our normal attendance in the entire exhibit hall.

Booths and aisles will look the same as in past years. Currently, the state of Maryland does not have any restrictions for the exhibit hall other than we maintain 50% of total capacity.

There are plenty of meeting rooms available for your privately hosted meetings. Please book now by contacting Events and Meetings Manager Kevyan Sly.

Hotel rooms are available at the Gaylord. However, the official Navy League block is full. For government rate rooms, we encourage attendees to search for other options in National Harbor.