Navy Week 2010 will officially kick off today, and it is all systems go for activities in Tampa Bay, Florida, where everything will start this year. For other nineteen cities that will host Navy Week 2010, check out our previous post on this year’s host cities.
Cmdr. Rick Haupt, the director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach was quoted in an article on the Navy website: “Navy Weeks are turbo-charged in 2010, with the full force of CNO’s May 19, 2009 ‘Outreach: America’s Navy’ instruction (OPNAVINST 5726.8) guiding the effort… Navy Weeks are based on a broad partnership with Navy Recruiting Command, the fleet, the Navy Reserve and Navy Installations Command as well as History and Heritage Command and a broad array of local community organizations and leadership.”
So what is in store for those who will attend Navy Week Tampa Bay? In another previous post, we shared with you that there will be an exhibition game between the Thunder Water Polo Club and the Navy SEALs. A feature on TampaBay.com shared a kick-off activity scheduled for Friday night aboard the SS American Victory, which is currently docked at Channelside.
Other activities planned for the week include a cooking demonstration by the chefs of USS Florida, school visits, and a photo exhibit on humanitarian relief in the war in Afghanistan by Petty Officer 1st Class Monica Nelson. St. Petersburg Times’ Shelley Rossetter also shares: “During the week, people will get a chance to swim alongside Navy divers at Adventure Island, watch a parachute demonstration by the “Leap Frogs” at Steinbrenner Field and enjoy the music of the Navy’s band, Pride, at Channelside.”
Navy Week Tampa Bay will start on March 12 until March 22, 2010.