Navy Week is coming to Knoxville in 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - America’s Navy is coming home to Knoxville in 2016, one of 15 cities selected to host a Navy Week, one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs.

Knoxville Navy Week is scheduled for April 11-17, the same week as the Smoky Mountain Airshow, and is designed to give area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity. The Navy plans to include the following elements in the week-long celebration:

- Navy Divers and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams
- Sailors from USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world
- Navy Band musical performances
-The U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, the Navy Parachute Team, for parachute demonstrations
- A U.S. Navy Admiral, and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders
- Navy simulator(s) and other interactive displays
- Visits to area schools
- Community service projects and events with local sports franchises
- Visits with local veterans

John Wallach is Acting Director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach, which plans and executes the Navy Week program. Wallach said “Because the Navy is concentrated primarily on both coasts, we’re challenged to communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas. That’s where the Navy Week program comes in.”