FORT LAUDERDALE—Broward Navy Days, Inc. will host the 26th annual Humana FLEET WEEK PORT EVERGLADES, May 2 – 9, 2016. Hundreds of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen coming in on six visiting ships will participate in a week of recreational activities, professional demonstrations and community service projects at locations across South Florida.
Among the activities planned:
- “All Hands on Deck” Welcoming Party at Seminole Hard Rock Casino
- Red Cross Blood Drives
- Community Relations Projects at Local Schools, Hospitals, Civic Organizations
- Damage Control Olympics at Resolve Marine Academy
- Public Ship Tours with Special Days for Students, Veterans, ROTC & Sea Cadets Groups
- “Galley Wars” Culinary Competition with Celebrity Judges at Allied Kitchen & Bath in Oakland Park
- Salute to Veterans sponsored by The Marrinson Group
- Salute to Women in the Military sponsored by Total Marine Solutions and WISTA
- Legion of Honor Ceremony hosted by Consul General of France
- Public Concerts by Navy Band Southeast in Hollywood, Pompano Beach and Oakland Park
- Take a Hero Fishing Tournaments in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami
Ships scheduled to participate include the U.S.S. Bataan, an amphibious assault craft; two destroyers and a submarine to be announced; and two U.S. Coast Guard cutters. Ships are expected to arrive at Port Everglades between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2.
Many events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of events and links to register for ship tours can be found on BrowardNavyDaysInc.org beginning in mid-March. Public ship tour registration will also be announced around that time.
“These great young Americans felt a call to serve their country and are routinely sent to represent our nation and defend our strategic interests at great personal risk. Hours are long, pay is low, and physical hardships and family separations are part of the job,” explained Mary Anne Gray, chair of Broward Navy Days, Inc. “Fleet Week provides an opportunity for the citizens of South Florida to meet and thank these heroes while witnessing first-hand the latest capabilities of today’s modern Navy and maritime services.”
BROWARD NAVY DAYS, INC. (BND) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization with a mission to support the morale, welfare, & recreation of our nation’s maritime services. Fleet Week Port Everglades 2016 – supported by title sponsor Humana and our host Allied Kitchen & Bath – is South Florida’s occasion to honor and celebrate our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen for their services to our country.