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Heart pounding flight demonstrations, bands, hi-tech robotics: It’s Navy Week in Metro Detroit

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The US Navy has operated in the Detroit area for more than 100 years and our region has played a major role in the shaping of America. So it seems only right that this week is Navy Week in metro Detroit.

There are events galore from explosive ordinance disposal demonstrations to Navy band concerts to working out with Navy first responders to performances by the Blue Angels. There are also numerous performances by the Horizon Navy Band, a seven-piece contemporary music ensemble that travels throughout the Midwest.

Sailors from Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 103, the “Rough Riders” will also be on hand. They will be one of the crews of the future USS Detroit when it is commissioned in 2016. This is the sixth ship named after Detroit. This USS Detroit was christened last October.

“I think it’s important for the wonderful people of Detroit to meet some of the officers and crew who will eventually sail USS Detroit,” said Cmdr. Mike Desmond, prospective commanding officer of LCS Crew 103. “We are honored to be the ones who will bring Detroit’s namesake ship to life. Their support means a great deal to us.”

Littoral combat ships are the Navy’s newest class of ship, designed to operate in hostile near-shore environments, yet capable of open-ocean operations.

“All littoral combat ship crews have uniquely strong ties with their namesake cities. More than any other ships that I’ve seen,” said Desmond. “This Navy Week is Crew 103’s chance to help lay the foundation for just such an enduring relationship.”

Christening of USS Detroit

Christening of USS Detroit

The Navy will also participate in community outreach events throughout the week at the YMCA, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, VA Medical Center and food banks.

You can be part of Navy Week as well. Here are events you can attend the rest of this week:

Wednesday, August 26

Navy Brass Band at the River Walk

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Outside the Winter Garden Atrium of the Renaissance Center

Navy Band performs live

Navy Brass Band

Navy Brass Band

Navy Band Woodwind Quintet at the Skillman Library

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Skillman Library

121 Gratiot Avenue

Navy Band Woodwind Quintet

Navy Band Woodwind Quintet

 

STEM Display at the Detroit Zoo

Navy Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Tour interactive display

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Workout with the Navy at First Responders 4 Fitness

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Cadillac Square

111 Cadillac Square

Work out with sailors

Work out with the sailors

Work out with the sailors

“Horizon” Performance at the Tigers Game

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Comerica Park – Outside the main gates of Comerica Park before the start of the Tigers game

Navy Band performs live

Thursday, August 27

Navy EOD Display at the Detroit Zoo

11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technicians will demo their hi-tech robotics gear

Horizon” Performance at Grand Circus Park

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Navy Band performs live

Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Display at Tech Talks in Grand Circus Park

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technicians will demo their hi-tech robotics gear

bomb-disposal-robot

Bomb disposal robot

“Horizon” Performance at Eastpointe City Hall

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Eastpoint City Hall

16101 E 9 Mile Road

Navy Band performs live

Friday, August 28

Navy Day at the Michigan Science Center

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Michigan Science Center

5020 John R. Street

Navy Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Tour interactive display

STEM display

STEM display

Horizon” Performance at Campus Martius Park

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Navy Band performs live

Saturday, August 29

Blue Angels perform at the Thunder Over Michigan

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kirk Profit Drive

Ypsilanti

Rockin’ the Raisin

10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

River Raisin National Park

E. Elm Ave.

Monroe

Navy Band performs live

Premiere of a film about the commissioning of the USS Detroit

Sunday, August 30

“Horizon” Performance in Livonia

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

33000 Civic Center Dr.

Navy Band performs live

Blue Angels perform at the Thunder Over Michigan

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thunder Over Michigan

Kirk Profit Drive

Ypsilanti

 

Blue Angels

Blue Angels

“Horizon” performs at the Bass Elite: Bass, Brew and BBQ Festival

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Metropark

31300 Metro Parkway

Harrison Charter Township

Detroit native Rear Adm. John E. Jolliffe, deputy commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, received a proclamation declaring Navy Week from the Mayor’s office at Campus Martius Park on August 24 that also included a patriotic musical performance by U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes.

“When I first joined the Detroit Navy Week planning team, I didn’t know what to expect,” said Genna Young, in-city planner for Detroit Navy Week. “Now I know that the movie Top Gun is based on the Navy and I am starting to master the Navy lingo. The goal is for Detroiters who are unfamiliar with the Navy, much like I was, to get a better understanding of the Navy, its people and everything it does to keep our country safe.”

Detroit Navy Week is the ninth of 12 Navy Weeks in 2015, and is expected to increase the bond between the city and America’s Navy.

For more information about Detroit Navy Week, visit www.navyoutreach.org .

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