RI selected for 2015 Navy Week

Rhode Island Selected for 2015 Navy Week

. -- What's it like to be deployed at sea for six months?  How does the Navy contribute to world peace and security?  What new technologies is the Navy currently developing?  These questions and many more will be answered in Rhode Island, one of 12 sites selected to host a 2015 Navy Week, a Navy signature outreach program.

Rhode Island Navy Week is scheduled for May 25-31, coincident with the Rhode Island National Guard Air Show, and is designed to provide area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity.  The Navy plans to include the following elements in this week-long celebration:

- “Blue Angels,” The Navy Flight Demonstration Team
- “Leap Frogs,” The Navy Parachute Team
- Navy Divers and or Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams
- Sailors from USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world
- Navy Band musical performances
- Admirals and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders
- Navy simulator(s) and other interactive displays
- Visits to area schools
- Community service projects and events with local sports franchises
- Visits with local veterans

“Outreach programs like Navy Weeks are extremely important to ensure Americans outside Fleet concentration areas have the opportunity to connect with their Navy,” said Cmdr. James Stockman, director, Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO).  “Navy Weeks allow Americans to meet face-to-face with Navy personnel to increase their understanding that their Navy is a warfighting force, deployed around the world and always ready.”

The Navy Week program began in 2005, and NAVCO has since coordinated 169 Navy Weeks in 69 U.S. cities.

Navy Weeks focus a variety of outreach assets, equipment and personnel in a single city for a week-long series of engagements with key influencers and organizations representing all sectors of the market.  More than 75 outreach events are coordinated during a Navy Week with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations within the host city.

Other cities selected to host a 2015 Navy Week include: Quad Cities, Iowa; Shreveport, La.; Rockford, Ill.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Fargo, N.D.; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit; Salt Lake City; Oklahoma City; and Atlanta.

(release from Navy Week)