Anchors away! U.S. Navy visits Cleveland, marks bicentennial of War of 1812

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by April Helms |

Special Products Editor

Anyone who ever dreamed of touring a Navy ship will get a chance when six ships of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy sail into Cleveland Aug. 27 through Sept. 4.

The event is part of Cleveland Navy Week and the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star-Spangled Banner. Activities are scheduled throughout the Cleveland area.

All events are free and open to the general public. Visit www.navyweek.org/cleveland2012 or www.OurFlagWasStillThere.org for details. Cleveland Navy Week overlaps with the annual Cleveland National Air Show, which runs Sept. 1 through 3 at the Burke Lakefront Airport.

The Cleveland stop is part of a 15-city tour, said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gregory M. Nosal, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two.

“The War of 1812 was a significant event in the Great Lakes area,” Nosal said. “It is significant in this country’s history with the creation of its Navy. A lot of traditions that were started then still exist today. But our public schools don’t teach it.”

The event will not only be an opportunity to tour ships — including The frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45), the coastal patrol ship Hurricane (PC 3), US Brig Niagara (non-military) and the USCG cutter Katmai Bay, but those attending “will get the chance to meet the men and women who sail those ships,” Nosal said.

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

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 Aug. 27. As well as the four U.S. Navy ships, visitors also can see the Royal Canadian Navy’s coastal defense vessels HMCS Summerside and HMCS Moncton. The ships will be open for general public visitation until Sept. 4. In addition, 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 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 gallantly in that conflict, those who have who served in our nation’s conflicts since then and those who are defending freedom around the world today.

“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,” said Nosal. “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.”

Nosal said that Navy Week will not be confined to the waters and ships. During that week, Admirals, senior U.S. Navy leaders and Sailors also will contribute to the Cleveland area through community service projects with several local organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club and Cleveland Food Bank.

In addition, the U.S. Navy also is meeting with the descendants of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who was instrumental in the United States victory over Great Britain in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, Nosal said. The descendents will reenact Perry’s transfer from the Lawrence to the Niagra, carrying a replica flag with the motto “Don’t Give Up The Ship,” he said.

“They will row a boat, with the flag, to our ship,” he said.

The reenactment will be Aug. 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. There also will be a Perry Victory Onservance from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 28.

Ship information

Ships will dock at the Port of Cleveland. Visitors to ships should plan on wearing comfortable clothing and should be aware if you are bringing a handbag or camera case it will be searched prior to entering. A ship is an industrial environment and guests are encouraged to wear flat, rubber soled shoes. Guests should avoid 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.

Everyone must go through a security check prior to accessing any ship. The security check is similar to what is present at most airports and consists 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.

 

SIDEBAR

 

Cleveland Navy Week Public Event Highlights

All events are free and open to the general public. Please visit www.navyweek.org/cleveland2012 or www.OurFlagWasStillThere.org for more details.

 

Aug. 27

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

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

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

 

Aug. 28

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

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

Noon-7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

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

 

Aug. 29

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

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

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

Noon-7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

 

Aug. 30

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

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

Noon-3 p.m. — Public ship visitation

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

 

Aug. 31

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

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

Noon-7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

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

 

Sept. 1

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

Noon-7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

4-5:30 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.-6 p.m. — Cleveland Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport

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

Noon-7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

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

 

Sept. 3

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

Noon-7 p.m. — Public ship visitation

 

Sept. 4

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

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