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Navy Week in Cleveland

Six ships of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy are participating in Cleveland Navy Week and the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star-Spangled Banner August 27-September 4, 2012.

A celebration of the nation’s sea services, Cleveland Navy Week and the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is one of the signature events held across the United States providing Northeast Ohio residents an opportunity to meet Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines, as well as witness the modern capabilities of today’s maritime services firsthand that help preserve our national security and the American way of life.

Ships at Navy Week Cleveland

The frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45), the coastal patrol ship Hurricane (PC 3), US Brig Niagara (non-military), the USCG cutter Katmai Bay and the Royal Canadian Navy’s coastal defense vessels HMCS Summerside and HMCS Moncton are open for general public visitation until September 4.

Port of Cleveland

There are other public events such as performances by the U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Navy Divers, U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Leapfrogs, the Navy’s parachute demonstration team.

War of 1812 banner - Navy Week Cleveland

War of 1812 presentations recognize the U.S. Navy’s role in the important battles fought on Lake Erie as well as salute all Sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conflict, those who have who served in our nation’s conflicts since then and those who are defending freedom around the world today.

On ship demo at Navy Week Cleveland

Since winning our independence in 1776, the United States has been a maritime nation, relying on unobstructed access and free use of the world’s oceans which are essential to our national security and prosperity. It is for those reasons –access and free use – the United States went to war in 1812, and that is what the U.S. Navy has protected ever since.

In the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy fought and prevailed against what was at that time the world’s strongest fleet and proved to be a force of innovation, technology, esprit and expert seamanship. From the Battle of Ft. McHenry, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem that later became the lyrics to our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

Mark 14 Torpedo - Navy Week Cleveland

Mark 14 Torpedo - Navy Week Cleveland

Mark 14 Torpedo - Navy Week Cleveland

Mark 14 Torpedo - Navy Week Cleveland

“The Navy operates on the water, over the water, and under the water and we’ll be bringing assets that showcase these capabilities to the Cleveland area,” said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Gregory M. Nosal, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two. “As America’s away team, your Navy is agile and flexible, deployed around the world and uniquely positioned to defend our nation’s interests every day.”

Vice Admiral Charles W. Martoglio and Rear Admiral Bruce Estes Grooms joined Rear Admiral Nosal in Cleveland.

A full event schedule is available at and

And don't forget...
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels - Altitude with Attitude!

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will rock Cleveland on Labor Day Weekend as headliners of the 2012 Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart.

Each show day the six "Blues" demonstration pilots will blaze across the skies in their dark blue and yellow-striped F/A-18 Hornets. The Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. It includes the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-plane Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two Solo Pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation. Cleveland is one of only 35 show sites to host the popular Blues in 2012.

For more information and to go inside the demo where you can experience the maneuvers from inside the cockpit:

For more information regarding the U.S. Navy Blue Angel performances, please visit

Navy Week Cleveland 2012 main page (this page)

War of 1812 history, gear and cannon

Ships at Navy Week Cleveland

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