Rockport Navy Weekend 2016
The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS), aboard five NA-44 foot sailboats, will drop anchor on Friday July 15th in Rockport Harbor to take part in the Rockport Navy Weekend 2016. Sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine and the USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts have been invited to participate in the weekend events.
The Rockport Navy Weekend is hosted by the Rockport Navy Committee. Activities are planned to encourage the entire community to interact with and learn about the US Navy. The enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport helps make the Rockport Navy Weekend a success.
The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipman that exposes them to seamanship, navigation, and small-unit leadership. This experience allows them to integrate skills learned at the USNA during their first year of study. First class and second class midshipmen can train to be skippers or executive officers providing further command opportunities.
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's primary mission is the overhaul, repair and modernization of Los Angeles-class submarines. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard provides the U.S. Navy's nuclear powered submarine fleet with quality overhaul work in a safe, timely and affordable manner. A model of a nuclear submarine will be at various events throughout the weekend.
The RocNavCom is looking for Rockport residents to host the forty midshipmen and ten advisors during their visit. The hosts will be responsible for room and board, transportation to morning events and returning the midshipmen Sunday evening. Many of the activities the midshipmen will be participating in include meals.
Due to the lack of available lodging for visiting active duty sailors, the Rockport Navy Committee is also looking for Rockport residents willing to host sailors in their homes. The sailors only need lodging; no meals or transportation.
The RocNavCom is holding to the Navy standard of the buddy system; hosts must be able to accommodate at least two midshipmen, advisors or sailors. To host midshipmen or sailors, please click here.
10:15 AM: The sailors and midshipmen will play kickball with pre-registered Rockport children, ages 6-16, at Evans Field. The children, sailors and midshipmen will be mixed together on the teams, no rivalries! The public is welcome to cheer the teams on. To sign your child up to play kickball, click here.
11:00 AM -4:00 PM: USS Constitution master gun team in 1813 period uniforms, Bearskin Neck. Hourly firing demonstrations using a replica of an 1812 gun deck and a late 18th century long gun.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: One of the USNA’s 44 foot sailboats will be open for public tours on T-wharf. Midshipmen will be on hand to answer questions.
6:30 PM: Softball game: USN/USNA vs Rockport, Evans Field. Live DJ. Refreshments will be available. The public is welcome to cheer the teams on.
8:00 AM-10:00 AM: Benefit pancake breakfast at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant, 25 Main Street. Enjoy breakfast with visiting midshipmen or sailors while overlooking beautiful Sandy Bay!
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: USS Constitution master gun team in 1813 period uniforms, Bearskin Neck. Hourly firing demonstrations using a replica of an 1812 gun deck and a late 18th century long gun.
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: One of the USNA’s 44 foot sailboats will be open for public tours on T-wharf. Midshipmen will be on hand to answer questions.
The Rockport Navy Committee is looking for sponsors for the kickball game, softball game and USS Constitution demonstrations. If you would like to a sponsor, click here.