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Coastal Carolina veterans and Sailors assigned to Virginia-class submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) wave to parade goers during at the Azalea Festival Parade during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara Eshleman/Released)

Celebrating Navy Week Wilmington

The Port City, Wilmington, North Carolina, welcomed U.S. Navy Sailors to town during the annual Azalea Festival, coinciding the event with Navy Week in the city April 1-7. Navy Weeks play a vital role in connecting the American public with Sailors, assets and Navy equipment. The weeklong engagement introduces the local communities who do not have frequent visibility of the Navy, with an understand why having a strong Navy is so invaluable to our country. Both residents and Sailors interacted in an estimated 75 community outreach events providing the opportunity to meet Sailors firsthand with a visible awareness the mission, capabilities and importance of the U.S. Navy.

Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Cory Van Beveren, from Countryside, Illinois, assigned to USS Constitution interacts with a member of YWCA Lower Cape Fear during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Coastal Carolina veterans and Sailors assigned to Virginia-class submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) wave to parade goers during at the Azalea Festival Parade during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara Eshleman/Released)
Seaman Dakota Parson, from New Castle, Pennsylvania, assigned to USS Constitution, speaks to students at Cape Fear Elementary School about the history of “Old Ironsides” during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Ensign Tyler Norvell, right, from Jacksonville, Florida, a prospective Naval aviation student awaiting flight school, volunteers during a community relations event with Habitat for Humanity during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara Eshleman/Released)
Beverly Wyckoff, a volunteer at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, gives a tour of the museum to Sailors assigned to USS Constitution during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Amanda Stanaway, from Springfield, Ohio, assigned to USS Constitution, teaches a child at Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington how to tie a neckerchief during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Seaman Aubrey Wright, from Louisville, Kentucky, assigned to USS Constitution, speaks with students at New Hanover High School about her role aboard “Old Ironsides” during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Suzanne Jalot, host of 103.7’s “Sunny Morning’s with Suzanne Jalot,” interviews Chief Yeoman Patrick Parker, from Gorham, Maine, assigned to USS Constitution, during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Eugene Ashley High School Naval Junior ROTC students ask Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) questions about Navy life during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara Eshleman/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Amanda Stanaway, from Springfield, Ohio, assigned to USS Constitution, speaks to students at Cape Fear Elementary School about the history of “Old Ironsides” during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)
Damage Controlman 2nd Class Andrew Basbas, from Jacksonville, N.C., mans a recruiting booth in the Azalea Street Fair during Wilmington Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara Eshleman/Released)
Stanley B., host of “Jammin’ 99.9’s Stanley B. in the Morning,” interviews USS Constitution Sailors Aubrey Wright, left, from Louisville, Kentucky; Seaman Dakota Parson, from New Castle, Pennsylvania; and Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Cory Van Beveren, from Countryside, Illinois; during Wilmington Navy Week, April 1, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey Scoular/Released)

Check to see if a Navy Week is coming to your community.  Scheduled cities in 2019 are:

– Puerto Rico, April 8-14

– Oklahoma City, Okla., May 27-June 2

– Nashville, Tenn., June 3-9

– Quad Cities, Iowa, June 24-30

– Duluth, Minn., July 15-21

– Grand Junction, Colo., July 22-28

– Boise, Idaho, Aug. 19-25

– St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 2-8

– Wichita, Kan., Sept. 9-15

– Charleston, W.V., Oct. 14-20

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