NOLA Navy Week 2018 brings sailors to celebrate the Tricentennial

Chris Miller
April 19, 2018 - 7:04 am

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Ships from around the world arrive today to help the city celebrate its 300th. NOLA Navy Week 2018 begins as the ships sail in around noon.

“You’ll have ships in port from the United States Navy, the Canadian Navy, the French Navy, and we’ll have a number of tall ships,” said New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation President Mark Romig. “You’ll have a number of sailors and service members coming in and enjoying the city and opportunities for people to tactually take tours of those ships, as well..”

Romig says there will also be U.S. Coast Guard vessels on hand. It’s the third Navy week since 2012. Six years ago, the ships came to help commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and that visit was followed up in 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.

“We started that celebration in 2012,” said Romig. “It looks like we’re on an every-three-year cycle.”

Six tall ships from the U.S., the Netherlands, and the Cook Islands of the South Pacific will call on the port, along with the USS Kearsarge of the U.S. Navy, the Canadian naval vessel HMCS Charlottetown, and the FNS La Résolue of the French navy. USCG Cypress and USCGC Benjamin Dailey will also dock in New Orleans, representing the United States Coast Guard.

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