How much do you really know about the US Navy and what this branch does for our Armed Forces? You might have toured the USS Kidd Veterans Museum, a Fletcher-class destroyer located in downtown Baton Rouge. But day to day, do you know how the Navy upholds its mission to maintain our freedom of the seas?
Every year, the US Navy sets out to interact with Americans and educate the nation through its outreach event, Navy Week, especially those in cities which do not enjoy a significant Navy presence.
Baton Rouge was one of 15 cities selected in 2016 and Navy Week is here for the first time October 31 through November 6! Baton Rouge Navy Week will host various events throughout the capital city to raise awareness and spread The Navy’s mission, sharing with residents why having a strong Navy is critical to the American way of life.
This year Navy Week coincides with the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, where Navy is hosting many of its events and displays. Baton Rouge Navy Week kicked off on Halloween, with an event at the USS KIDD and proclamation ceremony with the Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Mayor Kip Holden. The Navy Band played with their concert band and rock band, and there were displays from Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Navy Divers, NASA, Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Recruiting and the Ceremonial Guard Drill Team.
Baton Rouge Navy Week continues through November 6, with multiple other celebratory and educational events.
5 must-attend events during Baton Rouge Navy Week
US Navy STEM Display at the Baton Rouge State Fair (10/31-11/6)
The immersive mobile experience features digital data capture, a virtual reality mission with briefing and debriefing components, PT challenges, photo opportunities, social sharing, and other technologies woven throughout additional engagement assets. The current virtual reality mission highlights one of the most impressive units in the Navy - SWCC - and allows the attendee to feel part of that team. other technologies woven throughout additional engagement assets. The current virtual reality mission highlights one of the most impressive units in the Navy - SWCC - and allows the attendee to feel part of that team.
- US Navy Band at Rock ‘N’ Rowe (11/3, 6-9 p.m.)
Come listen to the US Navy Band rock at Perkins Rowe’s Rock N’ Rowe live outdoor concert series.
- US Navy Band Performance at North Park Town Square (11/4, 5-7 p.m.)
The US Navy Band will light up downtown with their sweet sounds Friday night.
- Ceremonial Guard Drill Team Performance for LSU Salutes (11/5, 8:40 a.m.)
Don’t miss this quick but worth it event at the LSU Memorial Tower.
- First Sunday at Louisiana Art and Science Museum (11/6, 12-6 p.m.)
Join Navy for performances by the Ceremonial Guard Drill Team and the Navy Band. There will also be displays of Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Divers.
For a full calendar of Navy Week events visit http://outreach.navy.mil/Navy-Weeks/Baton-Rouge/