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    Navy Week Wraps Up in Charleston



    Story by Seaman Jordan Bair 

    Navy Public Affairs Support Element East - (Active)

    CHARLESTON, SC.-- The Lowcountry is saying its farewell to the many Sailors it has come to know as the Navy Week celebration comes to an end, March 16.

    More than 100 Sailors made their way to Charleston, S.C. this week to participate in nearly 100 individual events across the city. During the week, the Navy featured senior Navy leadership, Sailors from USS Charleston (LCS 18), USS Constitution, Navy divers, U.S. Fleet Forces Band performances, STEM demonstrations from Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Naval History and Heritage Command historians and displays and the U.S. Naval Academy admissions. Events included, visits to high schools, non-profits, industries and universities.

    “Charleston has been an amazing host to all of the Sailors throughout the week,” said Lieutenant Jacqui Maxwell, a Public Affairs Officer at the Navy Office of Community Outreach. “The outpouring of support was evident within every classroom and museum along with conversations with the veterans and locals.”

    The Sailors participating in the week’s events represented several specialties and ratings within the Navy, and many traveled from across the United States to be part of the outreach event.

    “My absolute favorite part about our Navy Week here in Charleston is being able to share the history and enhance the knowledge of the citizens that live in this beautiful area,” said Seaman Sarah Chandler, a Sailor assigned to USS Constitution.

    Some of the highlights from the week included Rear Adm. Daniel H. Fillion, Director, Manpower Account Transition Office / Bureau of Naval Personnel Comptroller returning to his alma mater and a STEM outreach event, the SeaPerch Charleston Challenge.

    "Myself and the Sailors involved with Charleston Navy Week have enjoyed a very successful week engaging with the local community. The U.S. Navy is your Navy and we thank the citizens of Charleston for allowing us to share our story with the Lowcountry,” said Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commander of Carrier Strike Group 2.

    Charleston Navy Week wrapped up with a St. Patrick’s Day weekend parade with Sailors from USS Charleston (LCS-18), Joint Base Charleston, USS Constitution, United States Fleet Forces Band and Rear Adm. Evans all participating. During the parade, U.S. Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 interacted with South Carolina Aquarium visitors while Navy Diver 2nd Class Mitchell LaFave dove in a tank.

    “Navy weeks and community outreach events are important because they teach civilians what the actual day-to-day life of a Sailor is,” said Navy Diver 1st Class Joshua Hudzik, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2. “It’s great to teach children, especially, because they are the future and one day some of them will fill our shoes in the Navy.”

    Navy weeks are designed to increase awareness of the Navy's mission and capabilities by showing Americans who live in cities that do not have a significant naval presence the resources and skills of the Navy.

    For more information about Navy Week, visit http://www.outreach.navy.mil/, or follow the hashtag #NavyWeek.

    Get more information about the Navy from US Navy Facebook or Twitter.

    For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element, visit www.navy.mil/local/npasehq/.



    Date Taken: 03.16.2019
    Date Posted: 03.16.2019 20:55
    Story ID: 314554
    Location: CHARLESTON, SC, US 

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