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Archive for July, 2011

Navy Steams Into Los Angeles for Navy Week Festivities

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Steve Johnson, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

LOS ANGELES (NNS) — The U.S. Navy – America’s “Away Team” – came home to Los Angeles this week to celebrate the inaugural Los Angeles Navy Week 2011.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Princeton (CG 59), USS Chafee (DDG 90), and USS Champion (MCM 4) pulled into the Port of Los Angeles.

Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, said the visiting ships and Navy personnel were eager to interact with the people of Southern California.

“We’re excited to be here in Los Angeles to participate in Navy Week exercises,” Shoemaker said. “We’re looking forward to showing the people here how much pride we have in our Navy and what we do in defense of our country.”

Since 90 percent of international trade travels by sea, Shoemaker said the visit to L.A. would highlight two complementary aspects that make the United States great.

“The L.A.-Long Beach port is one of the biggest in the world,” said Shoemaker. “It’s an incredibly important part of America’s economy, and the Navy ensures sea lanes remain secure, open and free for trade and travel.”

While in Los Angeles, Sailors will take part in a variety of Southern California activities, including attending Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games, and visiting Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.

In addition to enjoying the California sunshine, Sailors are also scheduled to participate in community relations projects, such as building houses for local residents in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity.

Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln’s commanding officer, expects Lincoln Sailors will make a favorable impression on the people of L.A.

“We have some incredibly talented and hard-working personnel serving aboard this ship,” Alexander said. “Every day, our Sailors positively contribute to the American way of life by serving in this great organization. No matter how remarkable the people of Southern California find our ships, they’ll be even more impressed by the pride and professionalism of our people.”

Also participating in L.A. Navy Week 2011 are Carrier Air Wing 2, and personnel from Carrier Strike Group 9, Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 31, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 3, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 1.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is in Los Angeles between at-sea training and certification periods ahead of a deployment scheduled for the end of the year.

For more information and a schedule of L.A. Navy Week 2011 events, visit www.navyweek.org/losangeles2011.

For more news from Navy Office of Community Outreach, visit www.navy.mil/local/navco/.

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Chilean tall ship Esmeralda arrives in San Diego

By Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO – Chilean tall ship Esmeralda will be arriving at Bravo Pier in downtown San Diego at 8:30 a.m. July 12. It will be available for tours July 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m; and July 14 and 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Esmeralda (BE-43) is a steel-hulled four-masted barquentine tall ship in the Chilean Navy and is currently the second tallest and longest sailing ship in the world. She is commanded by Capt. William Corthorn Rodriquez, a Chilean Navy Academy graduate.

Since commissioning, Esmeralda has been a training ship for the Chilean Navy with only the top graduates of Chile’s Naval Academy assigned to her.

Esmeralda has visited more than 300 ports worldwide acting as a floating embassy for Chile. It has participated in several tall ship regattas, including; Operation Sail at New York in 1964, 1976 and 1986, Osaka World Sail in 1983 and in other tall ship regattas in 1964, 1976, 1982 and 1990, winning the coveted Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ race in the 1982 and 1990.

The ship’s visit is sponsored by the U.S. Navy and Commander, U.S. Third Fleet.

For more information on Esmeralda, please click on the link: http://www.armada.cl/prontus_armada/site/edic/base/port/esmeralda.html

 – USN –