Navy Week kicks off at Arizona Science Center

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PHOENIX -- Navy Week kicked off Monday in Arizona.

Phoenix is one of 15 cities across the nation picked for the event. The Navy says it chose cities that don’t have a strong Navy presence. The goal is to educate the community about the Navy.

All week long, there are different events set up throughout the Valley.

"During Phoenix Navy Week, we will conducts more than 50 outreach events here in Phoenix metropolitan area, sharing the Navy story and showcasing our sailors with Arizonans," said Rear Admiral Scott Sanders."The goal of this program is to give the public an up-close look at the men and women of the U.S. Navy serving throughout the world and the jobs they do."

The Navy plans to include the following elements in Phoenix Navy Week 2012:

  • “Leap Frogs,” The Navy Parachute Team
  • Sailors from USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world
  • Navy Band musical performances
  • Admirals and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders
  • Sailors from the namesake frigate USS Ford (FFG 54)
  • Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team
  • Navy simulator and other interactive displays
  • Visits to area schools
  • Community service projects and events with local sports franchises
  • Visits with local veterans

Navy divers spent Monday in the Navy Diving Demonstration Tank outside of the Arizona Science Center located at 600 E. Washington St. in Phoenix.

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Phoenix Navy Week runs through March 31.

Other cities hosting a Navy Week in 2012 are: New Orleans; Nashville, Tenn.; Spokane, Wash.; Baltimore; Boston; Sacramento, Calif.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Milwaukee; Chicago; Toledo, Ohio; Cleveland; Detroit, Mich.: Buffalo, N.Y.; and Houston.