Constitution to Participate in Tampa Navy Week

Story Number: NNS180503-21Release Date: 5/3/2018 3:12:00 PM
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From USS Constitution Public Affairs

BOSTON (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Constitution will participate in Navy Week Tampa, Fla., May 7-12.

Constitution Sailors will give presentations about the history of the ship at Dunbar Elementary School, Rampello Elementary School, Lockhart Magnet School, Shore Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary Magnet School and Riverhills Elementary School.

Additionally, Constitution Sailors will perform color guard details at a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game as well as at the opening ceremony of a public concert at Robinson High School. They are also scheduled to participate in a Navy Day at the Florida Aquarium.

"Bringing the history of Constitution and the Navy to the people of the United States is one of our primary missions," said Command Master Chief Ryan J. Gray, Constitution's command master chief. "It gives people the opportunity to not only hear about the history of 'Old Ironsides', but also to meet and interact with Sailors from their Navy."

Lastly, Constitution Sailors will perform a color guard at the opening ceremony of the Macdill Air Fest.

This is the fourth Navy Week that Constitution Sailors will participate in this year. They participated in similar activities in San Antonio, Waco, Texas, and Birmingham, Alabama.

The primary purpose of the Navy Week program is to increase Navy awareness by presenting the Navy to Americans who live in cities that normally do not have a significant naval presence. Tampa Navy Week will showcase the mission, capabilities and achievements of the Navy and provide residents the opportunity to meet Sailors firsthand.

Constitution, America's Ship of State, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797-1855. The World's Oldest Commissioned Warship Afloat, Constitution embodies 220 years of maritime heritage and unwavering service to her country. Now a featured destination on Boston's Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of active duty Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship's history and the importance of naval sea power to more than 500,000 visitors each year. Constitution is berthed at Pier One in Charlestown Navy Yard.

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Sailors interact with a child at Boys and Girls Club Center for a New Generation during Navy Week Birmingham.
180410-N-SM577-0445 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 10, 2018) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Rex Boblett, assigned to USS Constitution, from Lawrenceburg, Ky., and Seaman Sydney Donovan, from Tujunga, Calif., interact with a child at Boys and Girls Club Center for a New Generation during Navy Week Birmingham. Birmingham is one of select cities to host a 2018 Navy Week, a week dedicated to raising U.S. Navy awareness through local outreach, community service and exhibitions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular)
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