BOSTON (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Constitution will participate in a Navy Office of Community Outreach Navy Week in Charleston, S.C. March 11-17.
The primary purpose of the Navy Week program is to increase the public’s awareness of the Navy by presenting the Navy to Americans who live in cities that normally do not have a significant naval presence. Charleston Navy Week will showcase the mission, capabilities and achievements of the U.S. Navy and provide residents the opportunity to meet with Sailors firsthand.
Constitution Sailors will kick off their participation with a historical discussion of ‘Old Ironsides’ at James Island Elementary School. Additionally, Sailors will present the colors during the Citadel Bulldogs vs. University of South Carolina and the Charleston Southern University vs. College of Charleston Baseball games, the South Carolina Stingrays vs. Norfolk Admirals Hockey game, and during the Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Later in the week, Constitution Sailors will spend time at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
"Constitution counted on the maritime industry of Charleston since her earliest deployment to the Caribbean in 1798,” said Nathaniel R. Shick, USS Constitution’s 75th Commanding officer. “Utilizing the shipwrights and merchants to refit and resupply, Charleston played a vital role in keeping the American fleet at sea. Our participation in the upcoming Navy Week seeks to honor all Charleston has done for Constitution and her crew over 221 years in service and to promote our modern Navy’s enduring mission to provide security, international order and combat power across the global commons. "
This is the second of 13 Navy Weeks Constitution Sailors will participate in this year.
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 221 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 U.S. 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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