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Navy Week sails into Chattanooga

By MARK PACE | Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tribune News Service) | Published: June 10, 2018

Chattanooga Navy Week will sail into town this week for a weeklong celebration that will bring sailors from units around the world to meet with members of the local community in a targeted outreach campaign.

"Our sailors are extremely excited to visit Chattanooga and showcase just a small portion of the Navy the nation needs to the American public," said Lt. David Carter, lead planner for Chattanooga Navy Week. "The pride and professionalism they'll display is just a snapshot of the larger U.S. Navy force that stands ready daily to carry out our nation's work across the globe."

The event, which takes place June 11-17, is being held in conjunction with Riverbend to increase exposure for the navy units attempting to share their story about what the U.S. Navy does around the world. Sailors will hold a series of community service events with organizations like the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House.

The event will be led by Navy Week senior representative and Memphis-native Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, commander. He will speak at venues and organizations throughout the city, visit medical facilities, interview with local media and take part in Riverbend's Military Appreciation Night.

"It's an honor to participate in Chattanooga Navy Week and be able to share Navy Medicine's role in keeping the Navy and the Marine Corps family healthy, ready and on the job," Pearigen said.

The local event is one of 14 Navy Week celebrations taking place in the U.S. this year. The U.S. Fleet Forces Band and brass band Uncharted Waters are scheduled to perform.

The Tennessee Aquarium will host Navy Day Thursday, June 14, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A team of Navy divers will dive into the aquarium's tanks to feed fish, clean the habitats and will interact with aquarium visitors. Thursday night, visiting units will attend the free family night at the Creative Discovery Museum.

mpace@timesfreepress.com

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