First Navy Week of 2019 Kicks Off in Mobile

Beginning the first of 14 scheduled Navy Weeks held across the country, a port visit by ship to Mobile, Ala., coincided with the city’s Mardi Gras celebration. The Navy Week brought a variety of events, equipment, and Sailors to the city for a weeklong series of engagements with the public, key influencers, and organizations representing all sectors of the community.  Navy Weeks serve as the Navy’s principal outreach effort in areas of the country without a significant Navy presence to educate Americans and raise awareness about what the U.S. Navy does globally in support of the national defense strategy.

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution parade the colors during the Joe Cain Procession and Parade at Mardi Gras during Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gian Prabhudas/Released)
Cmdr. Joseph Fals, right, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), and Command Master Chief Vernon Milligan, command master chief of James E. Williams, participate in the King Felix III and Floral Mardi Gras Parade during Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
The Navy Band Southeast marches in the King Felix III Mardi Gras Parade during the final day of Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
Sailors assigned to Navy Recruiting Command perform push-ups while participating in the King Felix III Mardi Gras Parade during the final day of Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
Cmdr. Joseph Fals, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), is escorted off the ship by the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids after arriving in port to participate in Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
Rear Adm. Ronald R. Fritzemeier, right, chief engineer of Space and Naval Warfare Command, speaks with U.S. Coast Guard veteran Dean Chapman while visiting Eagles Landing, a homeless veterans housing center, during Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, left, speaks to Rear Adm. Ronald R. Fritzemeier, chief engineer of Space and Naval Warfare Command, and Command Master Chief of Program Executive of Ships and SEA 21 (TEAM SHIPS) Antonio D. Perryman, from Mobile, during the first day of Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
Command Master Chief of Program Executive of Ships and SEA 21 (TEAM SHIPS) Antonio D. Perryman, from Mobile, speaks to students during a Navy Day at Baker High School held in support of Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
Navy Band Southeast performs during a Navy Day at Baker High School in support of Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd class Jonah Avillanoza, from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2, helps coach Zachary Fore, from Baker High School in Mobile County, Alabama, don on EOD 9 bomb suit during Navy Recruiting Command’s Swarm Mobile evolution. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Woods/Released)
Personnel Specialist Seaman Jordan A. Young, from Red Oak, Texas, assigned to USS Constitution, shows students at Kate Shepard Elementary School in Mobile, Alabama, the food an “Old Ironsides” sailor would eat in 1812 during Mobile Alabama Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Olivia K. Manley/Released)
Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey Scott Williams, from Vandalia, Ohio, assigned to USS Constitution, teach knot-tying to children at The Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama during Mobile Alabama Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Olivia K. Manley/Released)
Personnel Specialist Seaman Jordan A. Young, from Red Oak, Texas, and Seaman Ana Tomic, from Vancouver, Washington, assigned to USS Constitution, present an “Honorary Sailor” certificate to a patient at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital during Mobile Alabama Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Olivia K. Manley/Released)
The Navy Band Southeast marches in the King Felix III Mardi Gras Parade during the final day of Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
Sailors assigned to Navy Band Southeast greet spectators in the King Felix III Mardi Gras Parade during the final day of Mobile Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)
Rear Adm. Ronald R. Fritzemeier, right, chief engineer of Space and Naval Warfare Command, tours Eagles Landing, a homeless veterans housing center, during Mobile Navy Week. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal/Released)

 

Check to see if a Navy Week is coming to your community.  Scheduled cities in 2019 are:

– Charleston, S.C., March 11-17

– Miami, Fla., March 25-31

– Wilmington, N.C., April 1-7

– Puerto Rico, April 8-14

– Oklahoma City, Okla., May 27-June 2

– Nashville, Tenn., June 3-9

– Quad Cities, Iowa, June 24-30

– Duluth, Minn., July 15-21

– Grand Junction, Colo., July 22-28

– Boise, Idaho, Aug. 19-25

– St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 2-8

– Wichita, Kan., Sept. 9-15

– Charleston, W.V., Oct. 14-20


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