GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - One of the Navy's largest outreach programs will be coming to Gulfport in 2017. The city has been selected as one of 15 locations to host a Navy Week this year.
"Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand that their Navy protects and defends America on the world's oceans, that their Navy is deployed around the world around the clock, and is ready to defend America at all times," said Cmdr. John Gay, Director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach.
Dozens of events coordinated by the Navy will take place across the coast from March 31 to April 8. Navy Week will coincide with Mississippi's bicentennial celebration in Gulfport and Seabee Day at the Naval Construction Battalion Center.
Some of the events include visits from senior Navy leadership, demonstrations by the Navy's parachute team and Navy Band, and outreach visits to schools in the area.
"We bring in as much of the Navy as we can. The Navy Parachute Team, bands, divers, Seabees, USS Constitution, EOD teams, crews of ships and submarines that are named after a city or state or have a tie to the area, hometown sailors, interactive displays and equipment, and Navy recruiting assets all have participated in the Navy Week program," said Lt. Cmdr. Brett Dawson, Navy Office of Community Outreach Event Planning Department.