USS William P. Lawrence hosts ‘Hollywood Goes to the Navy’ Visitors
SAN DIEGO –
The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) hosted a group of 15 Hollywood producers, directors, writers and entertainment executives for a visit and tour of the ship as part of the “Hollywood Goes to the Navy” program, May 17.
The “Hollywood Goes to the Navy” program is sponsored by the Navy Office of Information (NAVINFO) West and is designed to help educate those in the entertainment industry about the Navy.
The group was given an extensive tour of the ship which included the central control station, the combat information center, the Adm. Lawrence Heritage Passageway, the mess decks, the helicopter hangars and the fantail.
Members of the crew provided demonstration and helped the guests understand how the ship operates as one team to accomplish missions from damage control to basic navigation to strike warfare.
David Daitch from NAVINFO West describes “Hollywood Goes to the Navy” as a program that seeks to educate those in the entertainment industry about the Navy.
“We actively encourage film makers to include the USN in their productions, and work to increase the accuracy of how the Navy is portrayed,” said Daitch.
Daitch said the Navy has seen increased popularity lately in Hollywood and will be prominently featured in the soon to be released television series “The Last Ship” and the recently released movie “Godzilla.”
On a one-on-one level, the Sailors were able to expound upon life in the Navy and share stories of their time aboard William P. Lawrence. For many of the guests this was their first time on board a Navy ship. All participants expressed their appreciation to the Sailors for their hospitality and teaching.