Navy Week L.A. Invites L.B. to Step Aboard

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Navy Week Los Angeles and Long Beach

Rear Adm. Troy Shoemaker, commander of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, stands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln which just arrived in San Pedro for Navy Week Los Angeles.

The U.S. Navy arrived to celebrate the inaugural Los Angeles Navy Week 2011 when USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Princeton (CG 59), USS Chafee (DDG 90), and USS Champion (MCM 4) pulled into the earlier Port of Los Angeles this week. Events will continue through July 31.

“We’re excited to be here in Los Angeles to participate in Navy Week exercises,” Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, said. “We’re looking forward to showing the people here how much pride we have in our Navy and what we do in defense of our country.”

Since 90 percent of international trade travels by sea, Shoemaker said the visit to L.A. would highlight two complementary aspects that make the United States great. “The L.A.-Long Beach port is one of the biggest in the world,” said Shoemaker. “It’s an incredibly important part of America’s economy, and the Navy ensures sea lanes remain secure, open and free for trade and travel.”

See the Navy in Action

Navy Week Blue Angels Air Show

Air Show fans watch the U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels.

The Los Angeles Navy Week celebration gives Long Beach residents an opportunity to meet some of the Navy’s Sailors and learn about the Navy’s critical mission and its broad-ranging capabilities.

During a Navy Week celebration, a variety of outreach events take place to share the Navy story with as many people as possible.  Here is a list of events planned for Los Angeles Navy Week:

  • Carrier strike group port visitThe Navy Parachute Team, “Leap Frogs”
  • Sailors from the submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752)
  • Sailors from the submarine PCU California (SSN 781)
  • Navy Band musical performances
  • Navy Medical Professionals
  • Admirals and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders
  • Navy simulators and other interactive displays

Visit the Navy Week website for a complete schedule of events with dates and times.

Navy Disembarks to Enjoy So Cal Hospitality

While in Los Angeles, Sailors will take part in a variety of Southern California activities, including attending Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games, and visiting Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.

In addition to enjoying the California sunshine, Sailors are also scheduled to participate in community relations projects, such as building houses for local residents in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity.

“We have some incredibly talented and hard-working personnel serving aboard this ship,” Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln’s commanding officer, said. “Every day, our Sailors positively contribute to the American way of life by serving in this great organization. No matter how remarkable the people of Southern California find our ships, they’ll be even more impressed by the pride and professionalism of our people.”

Additional Details About Navy Week Los Angeles

Also participating in L.A. Navy Week 2011 are Carrier Air Wing 2, and personnel from Carrier Strike Group 9, Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 31, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 3, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 1.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is in Los Angeles between at-sea training and certification periods ahead of a deployment scheduled for the end of the year.

For more information and a schedule of L.A. Navy Week 2011 events, visit www.navyweek.org/losangeles2011.

Navy Week Multimedia Slideshow

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