Duluth Navy Week 2014 Begins
Duluth Navy Week 2014 kicked off Aug. 18, starting a weeklong series of events intended to inform local community members to meet and interact with Sailors serving in their Navy.
The Navy Week program is designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas that traditionally do not have a naval presence and include community relations projects, speaking engagements and media interviews with flag hosts and area Sailors.
Senior Navy leaders as well as sailors from USS Minnesota (SSN 783), the U.S. Navy Parachute Team “The Leapfrogs,” Navy Band Great Lakes, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unite 2 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 will be in Duluth to participate in the various events.
Rear Adm. David M. Duryea, commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, is scheduled to meet with Duluth Mayor Don Ness, local business executives and various organizations throughout the week.
The intent of Duryea’s visit and all of the Navy Week events is to bring America’s Navy closer to Duluth and show area residents how the Navy impacts the area.
Rear Adm. Kenneth J. Iverson, deputy chief, Medical Operations Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, will also be in Duluth this week to meet with various community leaders and organizations.
Scheduled events opened to the public include a Blue Angels flight demonstration and a Leap Frogs demonstration Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 at the Duluth International Airport, and various performances by Navy Band Great Lakes.
Duluth Navy Week 2014 is one of six Navy Weeks scheduled this year.