Rockport Navy Committee
The Rockport Navy Committee is comprised of volunteers who have worked to bring the U.S. Navy to Rockport since 2007. Activities are planned to encourage the entire community to interact with and learn about the US Navy.
RocNavCom is a not for profit organization presently under the umbrella of the America Legion Post 98 Rockport.
This site was last updated: April 14, 2014
Rockport Navy Weekend 2014
The Rockport Navy Committee (RocNavCom) and the town of Rockport will be hosting The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS). Five NA-44 foot sailboats will arrive in Rockport on Friday July 11th and cast off Sunday evening July 13th.
Sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, the USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts and the Navy Band in Newport, Rhode Island have been invited to participate in the weekend events.
The RocNavCom is looking for Rockport residents to host the forty midshipmen and ten advisors during their visit. The midshipmen range in age from 18 to 23. The hosts will be responsible for room and board Friday, Saturday and Sunday, transportation to morning events and returning the midshipmen to T-wharf Sunday evening. Many of the activities the midshipmen will be participating in include meals. We are holding to the Navy standard of the buddy system; hosts must be able to accommodate at least two midshipmen or advisors. If you are interested in hosting midshipmen or advisors, click here.
Due the lack of available lodging for visiting active duty sailors, the Rockport Navy Committee is looking for Rockport residents willing to host sailors in their homes. We are holding to the Navy standard of the buddy system; hosts must be able to accommodate at least two sailors. The sailors only need lodging; no meals or transportation is required. If you are interested in hosting sailors, click here.
The US Navy and USNA will play kickball with Rockport children 6-16 years old on Saturday. The children and sailors/midshipmen will be mixed together on the teams, no rivalries. Children must be able to be photographed. The game will be held at Evans Field at 10:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided for the players after the game at 12:15 p.m. If you would like your child to play, click here.
One of the USNA’s 44 foot sailboats will be open for public tours on T-wharf from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Midshipmen will be on hand to answer questions.
Sunday morning there will be a benefit pancake breakfast at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Enjoy breakfast with visiting midshipmen and sailors while overlooking beautiful Sandy Bay! $5.00 donation at the door, the proceeds will benefit the Rockport Navy Committee.
Long Gun Demonstrations
A master gun team, in 1813 period uniforms, will be giving hourly demonstration using a replica of an 1812 USS Constitution gun deck complete with a 5,800 pound late 18th century long gun on Bearskin Neck. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Navy Band Concert
The Navy Band Northeast’s Pops Ensemble will perform a free concert at the Rockport High School, 24 Jerden’s Lane at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday July 13th.
The success of the Navy visits is dependent on the enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport. To help defer the costs of the Navy Weekend the RocNavCom will be holding a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available from committee members. The drawing will be held during the USN/USNA vs. a Rockport town softball game at Evans Field on Saturday night July 13th. The game starts at 6:30 pm. Public is welcome.
To make a financial donation, please click here.