NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Navy Week 2012 kicked off May 7 with crewmembers of USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) on hand at the state capitol building.
The Navy Week runs from May 7-13 in the capital city and wraps up with the Great Tennessee Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
Navy Weeks are designed to showcase the Navy to local and regional residents, giving them an idea of what their Navy does and why it is important.
USS Tennessee's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Richard Dubnansky, Jr. helped kick off the week with a live interview with the local NBC affiliate on the steps of the state capitol building.
"As the Commanding Officer of the 6th ship to bear the name of the great state of Tennessee and on behalf of my crew with me here in Nashville, it has been a true honor to participate in the Navy Week," said Dubnansky.
In addition to crewmembers from USS Tennessee and the Blue Angels, the Navy is bringing assets like Explosive Ordnance Explosive Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 2 who are going to be at the Adventure Science Center in downtown Nashville showing their equipment and skills to young children and their parents.
Tennessee and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) Sailors will visit Nashville area schools and hospitals, as well as taking part in various community service projects in the area.
Navy Band Freedom and Navy Band Country Current will also be making visits to area high schools through Nashville and other venues.
Nashville Navy Week is one of 15 Navy Weeks scheduled during 2012 helping to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
For more information about Nashville Navy Week 2012 visit www.navyweek.org.