U.S. Navy, Canadian Navy, Coast Guard sail to Northeast Ohio shore to honor War of 1812

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Published: Friday, August 24, 2012

 

By Arcade Staff
Arcade@MorningJournal.com
@howieeg

First it was the Marines in early summer; now the Navy is hitting the shores of Northeast Ohio.

Lest anyone think this area is under attack, Lake Erie’s days of being a ground-zero war zone were about two centuries ago. But that’s all the more reason six ships of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy will participate in Cleveland Navy Week, starting Monday — for the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the penning of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Continuing through Sept. 4, the celebration honors the nation’s sea services in one of the signature events held across the United States.

It provides Northeast Ohio residents an opportunity to meet Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines, as well as witness the modern capabilities of today’s maritime services firsthand that help preserve the national security and the American way of life, a spokesman said.

Cleveland Navy Week and the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 will officially begin with a Mayoral Proclamation in Cleveland City Hall’s Rotunda Monday.

The frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45), the coastal patrol ship Hurricane (PC 3), US Brig Niagara (non-military), the USCG cutter Katmai Bay and the Royal Canadian Navy’s coastal defense vessels HMCS Summerside and HMCS Moncton will be open for general public visitation until Sept. 4.

Additionally, several public events will occur, including performances by the U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Navy Divers, U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Leapfrogs, the Navy’s parachute demonstration team.

War of 1812

War of 1812 presentations are also planned to recognize the U.S. Navy’s role in the important battles fought on Lake Erie as well as salute all Sailors and Marines who fought in that conflict, those who have who served in the nation’s conflicts since then and those who are defending freedom around the world today, a press release stated.

“The Navy operates on the water, over the water, and under the water, and we’ll be bringing assets that showcase these capabilities to the Cleveland area,” U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Gregory M. Nosal, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, said in a press statement. “As America’s away team, your Navy is agile and flexible, deployed around the world and uniquely positioned to defend our nation’s interests every day.”

Since winning independence in 1776, the United States has been a maritime nation, relying on unobstructed access and free use of the world’s oceans which are essential to our national security and prosperity.

It is for those reasons — access and free use — the United States went to war in 1812, and that is what the U.S. Navy has protected ever since, Nosal explained.

In the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy fought and prevailed against what was at that time the world’s strongest fleet and proved to be a force of innovation, technology, esprit and expert seamanship. From the Battle of Ft. McHenry, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem that later became the lyrics to the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

During Cleveland Navy Week and the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, admirals, senior U.S. Navy leaders and Sailors will engage with local corporate, civic and educational leaders as well as residents from Port Clinton to Cleveland.

Vice Admiral Charles W. Martoglio and Rear Admiral Bruce Estes Grooms will join Rear Admiral Nosal in Cleveland.

U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Sailors will also contribute to the Northeast Ohio area through community service projects with several local organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club and the Cleveland Food Bank.

Visting the Ships

Ships will dock at the Port of Cleveland. Visitors to ships should plan on wearing comfortable clothing and should be aware if they are bringing a handbag or camera case, it will be searched prior to entering.

Because the ship is an industrial environment, guests are encouraged to wear flat, rubber-soled shoes — no high-heels, open-toe shoes, necklaces that can get caught on ship equipment and bags that will be too heavy to carry comfortably. Visitors should look for clearly marked entrances.

All must go through a security check prior to accessing any ship. The security check is similar to what is present at most airports — consisting of a walk-through metal detector and/or wand scan. All adults should present a photo I.D. when going through security. Tours are open on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservation is required or accepted.

There is no age requirement to tour U.S. Navy ships. However, there may be steep ladders (stairways) to climb and uneven surfaces to traverse during a ship tour, and thus, tours may not be appropriate for small children and may be difficult for individuals with heart conditions, breathing difficulties, or other medical conditions impacting their ability to navigate such challenges. The ships are not handicapped accessible.

Photography is permitted on board the ships during tours. Items not permitted are glass bottles, cans or containers of any type; banners, posters or signs of any type; mace, pepper spray, or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosive; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol spray cans; club weapons; and animals. The U.S. Navy reserves the right to prohibit other items not listed above.

Cleveland’s own USS Cod SS-224 World War II Fleet Submarine, permanently docked at its home port at the western edge of Burke Lakefront Airport, will salute a Royal Canadian ship’s arrival on Tuesday at 8:30am. There is a private dinner with the crew of the USS Ohio and the USS Cod Tuesday, as well.

Navy Week schedule

Monday

8 to 9 a.m. — U.S. Navy Band Concert at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Plaza

10 a.m. to noon — U.S. Navy Divers demonstration at The Greater Cleveland Aquarium

7 to 8 p.m. — Mayoral Proclamation of Cleveland Navy Week at Cleveland City Hall

Tuesday

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — U.S. Navy Divers demonstration at The Cleveland Aquarium

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Perry Victory Observance at Fort Huntington Park

Noon to 7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

7:05 p.m. — Sea Services Night at Progressive Field

Wednesday

10 a.m. to noon — Great Lakes Galley Wars Culinary Cook-Off at Tri-C Culinary Institute

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — U.S. Navy Divers demonstration at The Cleveland Aquarium

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — U.S. Navy Band performance at Public Square

Noon to 7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

Thursday

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — U.S. Navy Divers demonstration at The Greater Cleveland Aquarium

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — U.S. Navy Band performance at Crocker Park

Noon to 3 p.m. — Public ship visitation

5:30 to 6:45 p.m. — War of 1812 re-enactment and commemoration at Cleveland Harbor

Aug. 31

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — U.S. Navy Divers demonstration at The Greater Cleveland Aquarium

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — U.S. Navy Band performance at Galleria at Erieview

Noon to 7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

8 to 11 p.m. — U.S. Navy Band performance at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Sept. 1

9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Cleveland Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport

Noon to 7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

4 to 5:30 p.m. — U.S. Navy Band performance at Riverside Park, Chagrin Falls

7:05 p.m. — Leapfrogs demonstration at Progressive Field

Sept. 2

9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Cleveland Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport

10 to 11:30 a.m. — Nondenominational Service at Old Stone Church

Noon to 7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

7 p.m. — U.S. Navy Band performance at Catawba Island Club, Port Clinton

Sept. 3

9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Cleveland Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport

Noon to 7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

Sept. 4

8 a.m. — U.S. Navy Color Guard performance at Port of Cleveland.

If you go

A full event schedule is available at www.navyweek.org/cleveland2012.

To learn more about the War of 1812, visit www.OurFlagWasStillThere.org.

To learn more about the visiting ships, visit bit.ly/PEpIW1.

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