The U.S. Navy set its sails toward Mobile, Alabama to celebrate “Fat Tuesday” in the United States’ oldest Carnival festival in conjunction with a port visit from USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during Mobile Navy Week, Feb. 22-28, 2017.
Mobile Navy Week is designed to give area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.
Throughout the Navy Week, Sailors from various commands will engage with local schools with the intention of focusing on STEM education through a variety of interactive displays and Sailors currently working within those fields across the fleet.
Along with the demonstrations from EODGRU 2, Sailors from USS Alabama and USS Gabriel Giffords are scheduled to participate in community relations events at local Boys and Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, and Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank.
Navy Band Southeast’s Sailors are scheduled to give musical performances at Mardi Gras Park, USS Alabama Battleship Park, as well as during several Mardi Gras parades.
The Leap Frogs are also scheduled to jump into action Thursday and Friday at Mardi Gras Park in downtown Mobile prior to the evening parades.
Mobile Navy Week is the 1st of 15 Navy Weeks in 2017 that focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects.