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Chicago selected for 2011 Navy Week Celebration

Published: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 1:51 p.m. CDT

America’s Navy will “come home” to Chicago in conjunction with the Taste of Chicago and Naval Station Great Lakes Centennial Celebration, June 25 – July 4.      Chicago Navy Week celebration 2011, gives area residents an opportunity to meet some of the Navy’s sailors and learn about the Navy’s critical mission and its broad-ranging capabilities.      The U.S. Navy conducts approximately 20 Navy Weeks each year, reaching out to communities across the country to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy.  During a Navy Week celebration, the Navy concentrates a variety of outreach events in a metropolitan area for a week, sharing the Navy story with as many people as possible.      The Navy plans to include the following elements in Chicago Navy Week:     •The Navy Parachute Team, “Leap Frogs”     •Sailors from the submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721)     •Sailors from the submarine USS Rickover (SSN 709)     •Sailors from USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship     •Navy Band musical performances     •Admirals and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders     •Navy medical professionals     •Navy simulators and other interactive displays     •Community service projects and events with local sports franchise     Other areas that have been selected to host a 2011 Navy Week include: Tampa, Fla.; Austin, Texas; Mississippi; Dallas-Fort Worth; Denver; Detroit; New Orleans; Philadelphia; Chattanooga, Tenn.; the Quad Cities; Rochester, N.Y.; Los Angeles; Fargo, N.D.; Indianapolis; Cincinnati; Omaha, Neb.; New England; Albuquerque, N.M.; El Paso, Texas; and San Antonio.     For more information on the 2011 Chicago Navy Week, please contact Lt. Glenn Sircy at glenn.sircy@navyweek.org. More detailed information on each Navy Week can be found at our website, www.navyweek.org.  For high- resolution photos from past Navy Week celebrations, visit www.flickr.com/photos/navyweek/sets/.     The 2011 Navy Week season will also help commemorate the Centennial of Naval Aviation, which kicks off in 2011 and continues as a year-long celebration with a variety of commemorative events planned across the country throughout the year. For more information on the Centennial of Naval Aviation latest information, visit www.public.navy.mil/airfor/centennial/.

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