BOSTON (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Constitution participated in a Navy Office of Community Outreach Navy Week in Mobile, Ala. Feb. 27 – March 5.
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. Mobile Navy Week showcased the mission, capabilities and achievements of the U.S. Navy and provided residents the opportunity to meet with active duty Sailors firsthand.
Constitution Sailors kicked off their participation with a historical discussion of ‘Old Ironsides’ at Gulf Quest Maritime Museum Navy Day, multiple branches of the Boys and Girls Clubs, Kate Shepard Elementary, and Boys and Girls Club – Gillard Elementary Branch. Additionally, Sailors presented the colors during the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrival ceremony, Saraland Mardi Gras Parade, Joe Cain Parade and Order of Doves parade. Later in the week, Constitution Sailors spent time interacting with Mobile’s children at the USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
“I find it important to go on Navy Weeks because they inform the public, especially young adults, about all the military does and what it has to offer,” said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Rex Boblett, assigned to USS Constitution. “Interacting with the kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs was the most rewarding experience because we got to experience Mobile and its community on a more personal level.”
This was the first 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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