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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returns from deployment Sunday

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returns from deployment Sunday By DAVE RESS DAILY PRESS | JUL 16, 2021 AT 9:30 AM The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is set to arrive back home in Norfolk on Sunday after its second deployment in a year — an unusually quick return to sea and one that saw the carrier play a central role in winding down two decades of war in Afghanistan. It was a deployment that started with a focus on exercising with allied and friendly navies in and around the maritime chokepoints of Europe and the Middle East, operating with ships from Morocco, Greece, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. The cruisers and destroyers of the Eisenhower’s strike ranged even farther afield, joining Romanian-led exercises in the Black Sea. Three months in, the Eisenhower got its first major change in direction…

NORFOLK FESTEVENTS UNVEILS 2021 SEASON OF EVENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NORFOLK FESTEVENTS UNVEILS 2021 SEASON OF EVENTS Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Website URL: bit.ly/Festevents2021 Ticket Page URL: bit.ly/FesteventsTix Norfolk, VA – Following a nearly two-year hiatus of large-scale festivals due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Norfolk Festevents, in partnership with the City of Norfolk, is thrilled to announce its 2021 Season of Events, featuring a diverse blend of family-friendly entertainment at both Town Point Park, Ocean View Beach Park, and TowneBank Fountain Park. “We are excited to host the region’s diverse communities together and in person at the peoples’ parks, Town Point Park and Ocean View Beach Park for some traditional favorites and new programming,” said Festevents CEO Ted Baroody. TOWN POINT PARK 2021 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS EVENT DATES Juneteenth in the Park Saturday, June 19 Fourth Of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks…

Norfolk-based Navy cruiser seizes weapons in Arabian Sea that were likely bound for Yemen

Norfolk-based Navy cruiser seizes weapons in Arabian Sea that were likely bound for Yemen By JON GAMBRELL ASSOCIATED PRESS | MAY 09, 2021 AT 12:49 PM DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — The Navy announced Sunday it seized an arms shipment of thousands of assault weapons, machines guns and sniper rifles hidden aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea, apparently bound for Yemen to support the country’s Houthi rebels. An American defense official told The Associated Press the Navy’s initial investigation found the vessel came from Iran, again tying the Islamic Republic to arming the Houthis despite a United Nations arms embargo. Iran’s mission to the U.N. did not immediately respond to a request for comment, though Tehran has denied in the past giving the rebels weapons. The seizure, one of several amid the yearslong war in Yemen, comes as the…

Coast Guard Cutter Legare returns home after 50 day counter-narcotics deployment

News Release U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic Contact: 5th District Public Affairs Office: (757) 398-6272 After Hours: (757) 295-8435 5th District online newsroom Coast Guard Cutter Legare returns home after 50 day counter-narcotics deployment PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC 912) returned to its homeport at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, after a seven week counter-narcotic patrol in the Central Caribbean on Thursday. The crew of the Legare was deployed in support of Operation Unified Resolve/Martillo under the tactical control of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) and the Seventh Coast Guard District. The Legare crew patrolled over 8,000 nautical miles throughout the Central Caribbean where they worked in conjunction with Customs and Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Navy, and other partner agencies. While on patrol, the Legare provided surface support…

Norfolk Festevents Announces Bayou Bon Vivant: A Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Norfolk Festevents Announces Bayou Bon Vivant: A Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Website URL: bit.ly/Bayou2021 Reservations URL: bit.ly/TixBayou Norfolk, VA – Norfolk Festevents is excited to announce Bayou Bon Vivant: A Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration on Friday & Saturday, May 14 & 15, 2021, at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. The event runs from 4-9pm on Friday and 12-9pm on Saturday. The French term Bon Vivant translates to “a person who enjoys the good things in life, especially good food and drink” and the Bayou Bon Vivant: Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration brings the iconic tastes, tunes, and traditions of New Orleans to right here in Downtown Norfolk. From juicy handfuls of crawfish to the sounds of blues, jazz, zydeco, and brass, the Bayou Bon…

Free walking tours will share history of downtown Norfolk, NEON District

Free walking tours will share history of downtown Norfolk, NEON District By AMY POULTER THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT | APR 08, 2021 AT 11:57 AM NORFOLK — Ever stumbled across a theater, church or unique building in downtown Norfolk and wondered about the story behind it? Downtown Norfolk Council’s new walking tours will satisfy your curiosities. Starting this month, the DNC and Norfolk Tour Company will offer monthly walking tours of the NEON District and downtown, and they’re free. The partnership’s 21 walking tours will also include: highlights of the significance of the Granby Street corridor the history of downtown theater an urban design tour focusing on redevelopment the Elizabeth River Trail tours of historic homes and churches “Downtown Norfolk has so many unique attributes and stories to tell that we are excited to be able to share this with the community,”…

Norfolk Festevents Announces Continuation of Thank Goodness We’re Open “TGWO” Series at Town Point Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Norfolk Festevents Announces Continuation of Thank Goodness We’re Open “TGWO” Series at Town Point Park Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Website URL: bit.ly/TGWO2021 Norfolk, VA – Norfolk Festevents’ award-winning Thank Goodness We’re Open “TGWO” event series returns to Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront this spring featuring a robust, diverse schedule of family-friendly programming, including live music, movie nights, comedy shows, happy hours, and much more. “We are excited to bring the community back together safely with our spring version of TGWO,” said Festevents CEO Ted Baroody. “Not only are they enjoyable for our guests, but good for local businesses and the economy.” The TGWO series, produced in partnership with the City of Norfolk and presented by Southern Auto Group, debuted in the fall of 2020 and saw sweeping success, bringing a total of more…

Norfolk NATO Festival Announces 2021 Details and Theme: Stronger Together

Norfolk NATO Festival Announces 2021 Details and Theme: Stronger Together A Celebration of our 30 International Allies right here in our own backyard   For over 65 years, Norfolk, Virginia has organized a salute to NATO’s role in maintaining peace and stability in the world – Norfolk NATO Festival. Norfolk is NATO’s home in North America, and the Norfolk NATO Festival is the only festival in the world that honors the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its 30 member nations. Norfolk NATO Festival returns on June 5, continuing a tradition of cultural exchange and enriching the lives of community members of all ages. All events are free advanced registration as each of the 30 NATO member nations and NATO Representatives interact and engage with visitors giving insights about that nation’s culture – no passport required! Each year, the Norfolk NATO…

Nauticus’ Waterfront Restaurant Returns

NEWS RELEASE Release date:  March 31, 2021 For more information: Rehn West, (757) 664-1011 [email protected]   Nauticus’ Waterfront Restaurant Returns Best waterfront views and outdoor space in Downtown Norfolk     Norfolk, Va.— Outdoor waterfront dining returns to Downtown Norfolk this week as the Big Wisky Porch opens at Nauticus.  The restaurant launched as a trial concept last summer and quickly became a favorite among downtown residents, office workers, and Nauticus visitors.  Based on the enthusiastic demand, the Big Wisky Porch will return as a permanent/seasonal feature; the restaurant is managed by the owner of 757 Crave in partnership with Nauticus.   “The response we got last year was just amazing,” said Nauticus executive director, Stephen E. Kirkland.  “It’s got great shade, great river views, and the greatest lobster roll in town.”   The Big Wisky Porch is located on the…

Norfolk Festevents Announces 2021 Norfolk Harborfest Moved to Virtual Format

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Norfolk Festevents Announces 2021 Norfolk Harborfest Moved to Virtual Format   Date: Friday, March 26, 2021   Norfolk, VA – Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. has announced the 45th Annual Norfolk Harborfest: Maritime, Music & Food Festival scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 11-13, 2021, will be moved to a virtual-only format this year due to state and local COVID-19 guidelines.   “We will miss entertaining the region and beyond here in Norfolk for the annual Harborfest weekend,” said Festevents CEO Ted Baroody. “Safety is always the priority and we are remaining patient with hosting large gatherings.  We remain excited to offer a world class lineup of diverse programming and entertainment at Harborfest again soon.”   Although the historic three-day event will not take place in its traditional format along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, the festival will be celebrated through…

Coast Guard Cutter Northland Returns from Gulf of Mexico patrol

News Release   U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic Contact: 5th District Public Affairs Office: (757) 398-6272 After Hours: (757) 295-8435 5th District online newsroom Coast Guard Cutter Northland Returns from Gulf of Mexico patrol PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Cutter Northland returned home to Portsmouth from a patrol in support of the Eighth Coast Guard District, Monday. During the patrol, the crew of the Northland conducted daily law enforcement boardings and patrolled the waters for any illegal fishing boats or gear to ensure fair, safe, and sustainable practices. The Northland crew embarked an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aviation detachment for the patrol to assist in spotting vessels and targets of interest before launching the cutter small boats. Prior to beginning patrol, the Northland crew underwent a training availability to test their ability to respond to a variety of shipboard scenarios, such…

U.S. 2nd Fleet Welcomes Italian Aircraft Carrier ITS Cavour to Norfolk, Va.

UNITED STATES 02.12.2021 Courtesy Story Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet   NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) – The Italian Navy flagship, the aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550), arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Feb 13 for a series of operations alongside U.S. military assets to attain the Italian Navy’s “Ready for Operations” certification to safely land and launch F-35B aircraft. While in the Western Atlantic, Cavour will be embarked by an F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) test team to conduct sea trials, a series of tests and functional activities to create a safe flight operating envelope for the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the 5th generation aircraft aboard the recently upgraded ship. This carrier-based flight test and other actions with U.S. 2nd Fleet ships and aircraft improve interoperability and strengthen the relationship between two…

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