LOS ANGELES - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) along with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) arrived in Los Angeles, Aug. 4, for Navy Days Los Angeles Aug. 4-10.
Navy Days LA offers the public an opportunity to take a tour of Navy ships and meet Sailors as they showcase the ships' capabilities. It also gives the public a chance to gain a better understanding of how the sea services support the national defense of the United States and freedom of the seas.
Sailors will have an opportunity to interact with the local community, while participating in a number of community relations projects throughout the week. Such activities include visits to a local hospital, LA Angels and Dodgers baseball games, and volunteer service projects on board the USS Iowa museum and at a local homeless shelter. Sailors will also interact with the local school children during a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) exposition at the Port of LA.
Through their website, www.portoflosangeles.org, the Port of Los Angeles provided the opportunity for the public to secure reservations to tour the ships and meet Sailors in the Port of LA, next to the USS Iowa Museum, Aug. 7-9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tours were extremely popular, reservations filled up quickly and only a few reservations remain for Friday afternoon.
It is recommended for visitors with confirmed tour reservations to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes and are encouraged to bring as few items as possible. Visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone, and will be required to present a photo ID and pass through an airport-style security-screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. Media should be prepared to present two forms of ID: one from their affiliation and one government-issued photo identification.
Prohibited items aboard include the following:
- Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons
- Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray; spray cans of any type
- Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives
- Illegal drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia
- Large bags, including backpacks and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search)
During the ships' visit to Los Angeles media access to U.S. Navy ships must be arranged with Navy Public Affairs prior to arriving at the security checkpoint. All visitors and media will require an escort within the security perimeter at the pier and on board the ships at all times.
Media are encouraged to contact Third Fleet Public Affairs Officers Lieutenant Ken Hagihara at 949-533-5447 or Lieutenant Julie Holland at 901-210-0507 regarding access to the ship and to arrange interviews with Sailors or to request other related information. Please note that the ship docking process takes up to an hour after arrival.
For more information regarding Navy Days LA, visit http://navydaysla.org/next-port-visit/