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National Geographic Exhibition Makes U.S. Museum Debut at Nauticus

NEWS RELEASE Release date: January 14, 2021 For more information: Rehn West, (757) 664-1011 [email protected] National Geographic Exhibition Makes U.S. Museum Debut at Nauticus Multimedia exhibition encourages visitors to reduce single-use plastics Norfolk, Va.— “We made plastic. We depend on it. Now we’re drowning in it.” That premise is the focus of a new National Geographic exhibition making its U.S. museum debut at Nauticus on January 30, 2021. National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? exhibition showcases the global plastic waste crisis and highlights innovators working to solve this urgent issue. Featuring the work of researchers, scientists and artists, the exhibition traces the history of plastic and explores the devastating impacts of plastic pollution on our world’s oceans. The exhibition will also feature a look into the rise of single-use plastics due to COVID-19. “Plastic pollution is one of the most important…

Norfolk Festevents Announces Town Point Holiday Marketplace & Movie Night

Norfolk Festevents Announces Town Point Holiday Marketplace & Movie Night Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 Website URL: bit.ly/HolidaysFE Norfolk, VA – Welcome in the 2020 holiday season with the Town Point Holiday Marketplace & Movie Night on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, from 2pm to 8pm at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Presented by Norfolk Festevents, the Town Point Holiday Marketplace & Movie Night features a unique holiday shopping experience with more than 15 local artisans and small businesses selling a wide variety of handcrafted items, including jewelry, paintings, candles, oils, soaps, apparel, and much more. The Holiday Market also coincides with a free live screening of the movie “Elf” in a safe, socially-distant, family-friendly environment in Town Point Park. The showing of “Elf” will begin at 6pm. This holiday season, Town Point Park serves as a festive…

WinterFest Heralds New Tradition for Hampton Roads

  One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA  23510 | www.nauticus.org | (757) 664-1000   NEWS RELEASE Release date:  October 29, 2020 For more information: Stephen Kirkland, (757) 664-1048 [email protected]   WinterFest Heralds New Tradition for Hampton Roads Battleship Wisconsin Decks Transformed for Six-Week Holiday Experience   Norfolk, Va.—  More than 250,000 holiday lights, a 25-foot-tall Christmas tree, and a team of custom-designed animatronic elves are just some of the highlights of WinterFest on the Wisconsin, a massive new experience aboard the historic battleship in downtown Norfolk.  Produced by Nauticus and presented by GEICO Military, the holiday spectacle will launch on November 21 and conclude on New Year’s Eve.  Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, Nauticus’ Dickens’ Christmas Towne has been canceled for 2020.  Instead, the Battleship Wisconsin’s outside decks will be transformed for a safe, family-focused experience….

USS Stout returns to Naval Station Norfolk after record-breaking 215-day deployment

USS Stout returns to Naval Station Norfolk after record-breaking 215-day deployment Author: 13News Now Staff Published: 11:12 AM EDT October 9, 2020 NORFOLK, Va. — On October 12, the USS Stout is scheduled to return to Naval Station Norfolk from a record-breaking 215 days at sea. That’s almost seven months. The Stout, or DDG 55, was tasked with International Maritime Security. “On Sept. 26, Stout reached 208 days consecutively at sea, surpassing the Navy’s known record previously held by Ike and USS San Jacinto (CG 56) as a result of the coronavirus and operational requirements,” the Navy’s website said. A Friday release from the Second Fleet did not give a set time the guided-missile destroyer was expected to make port. For people who cannot attend the homecoming in person, the Navy will livestream the ship coming in to port on…

Deep Ocean Exhibition Makes United States Debut at Nauticus

NEWS RELEASE Release date: September 14, 2020 For more information: Rehn West, (757) 664-1011 [email protected] Deep Ocean Exhibition Makes United States Debut Voyage to the Deep Arrives in America; Premieres at Nauticus Norfolk, Va.— Undersea exploration awaits Hampton Roads families this fall as Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures makes its United States debut at Nauticus on Saturday, September 19th. Voyage to the Deep is a 6,000 square-foot exhibition produced and developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum, and based on French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The adventure also serves as a supplement to classroom curriculums and STEM learning. Families and students will learn how to operate simple machines, gain a better understanding of the natural environment (life cycles, habitats, and sea animals), and more fully appreciate the importance of maritime resources. “At Flying…

Small, Safe Concerts and Events Return to Town Point Park

Small, Safe Concerts and Events Return to Town Point Park Date: Friday, September 11, 2020 Website URL: festevents.org/events/2020/tgwo/ Ticket Page URL: bit.ly/TixTGWO Norfolk, VA – Norfolk Festevents, Ltd, has announced the return of small, safe, and socially-distant concerts and events to Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, beginning next week and continuing through the fall on a weekly basis. The Thank Goodness We’re Open (TGWO) series, produced in partnership with the City of Norfolk, will feature small, safe concerts and events starting next week capped at 250 guests and will include designated social circles for up to four people. All guests are required to pre-register for the events at Festevents.org and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, $10 per person. All guests will be required to wear a mask except when eating or drinking. “We are thrilled…

Coast Guard Cutter to arrive at new homeport in Portsmouth, Virginia

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 to arrive at new homeport in Portsmouth, Virginia Editors note: please click photo for high-res version PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter previously stationed in Boston, Massachusetts, will arrive at its new home at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, Virginia on Sept. 4, 2020. The Seneca will continue its missions of homeland security, national defense, fisheries law enforcement, counter drug law enforcement, migrant interdiction, and search and rescue from its new homeport. The cutter supports missions such as protecting and enforcing laws for America’s three billion dollar living marine resources economy, as well as deploying in support of Joint Inter-Agency Task Force-South to intercept narcotics in the…

Nauticus Hosts U.S. Premiere of Maritime-Themed Adventure

Nauticus Hosts U.S. Premiere of Maritime-Themed Adventure Voyage to the Deep Comes to America Norfolk, Va.— As travel plans and school schedules are impacted this fall, Nauticus is offering a voyage far below the ocean’s surface. Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures, is a 6,000 square-foot exhibition produced and developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum, and makes its’ United States debut at Nauticus on September 19th. Based on the French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the experience is anchored by an enormous Nautilus submarine, complete with a periscope, propellers, a control station and Captain Nemo’s marine specimens. For those brave enough to venture outside the submarine, Voyage to the Deep also features an octopus garden, a kelp forest, a code-cracking station, and a colossal squid floating high overhead. “As we looked towards another season…

After record-breaking 7 months at sea, Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group returns to Norfolk

By KATHERINE HAFNER THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT | AUG 10, 2020 AT 11:11 AM NORFOLK — The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned home to Norfolk Sunday following a seven-month deployment that included breaking the Navy’s record for most days at sea. The coronavirus made stops in foreign countries too risky, officials said, so the aircraft carrier had to keep moving. The Eisenhower’s strike group includes about 6,000 total sailors. There are five ships in addition to the carrier. The guided-missile cruiser San Jacinto sailed into Naval Station Norfolk Sunday as well. Cruiser Vella Gulf and guided-missile destroyers Truxtun and and James E. Williams are expected Monday. The Stout, another destroyer, remains deployed. More than 1,800 aviators from nine squadrons under Carrier Air Wing Three went home last week to Naval Air Station Oceana and elsewhere. The strike group had left in late…

Nauticus Opens with a NEW Sparkle on July Fourth Weekend

NEWS RELEASE Release date: June 23, 2020 Media Contact: Shelia S. Harrison (757) 635-2736 [email protected] Nauticus Opens with a NEW Sparkle on July Fourth Weekend NEW battleship programming, curated adventures, and waterfront restaurant await guests Norfolk, Va.— Nauticus will introduce an entirely new visitor experience when it re-opens to the public on Friday, July 3, and the spacious, outdoor decks of the Battleship Wisconsin are taking center stage. From stem to stern, the vessel will come to life through educational programming, historical interpretation and family fun. Guests will also have chance to view the ship’s famous Wardroom and the newly interpreted Officer’s Country area. Along with a new outdoor, battleship-themed waterfront restaurant (the Big Wisky Porch), Nauticus also has designed a new series of “small group” adventures for families. For the first time ever, guests will be able to take…

Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy comes home

Author: Madison Kimbro (13News Now) Published: 12:48 PM EDT June 5, 2020 Updated: 12:55 PM EDT June 5, 2020 NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy made its way home Friday morning. The ship spent the last nine months operating all over the world, working in the North Arabian Sea, Mediterranean sea and the Arctic ocean. Three of those months on the ship were spent without port access due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Commanding Officer of USS Normandy Christopher Stone shared how this homecoming was very different from those in the past. “We’re used to our families being on the pier with us with the signs and cheering, but now we are coming home and our sailors will be departing into their cars with their families with COVID mitigation,” he said. It’s been a long journey for these sailors…

STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL to Visit Norfolk March 4-13 and Host Public Tours

STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL to Visit Norfolk March 4-13 and Host Public Tours Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 Event URL: bit.ly/Lehmkuhl2020 Press Release URL: bit.ly/PressFestevents Norfolk, VA – The Class A international tail ship STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL (321’), hailing from Norway, is set to arrive along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront for an extended stay from Wednesday, March 4, 2020 to Friday, March 13, 2020. The STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL, a three-masted steel barque sail training vessel, is visiting Norfolk for the second consecutive year and the 15th overall. The Norwegian vessel will be open for public tours on Saturday, March 7, 2020 and Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 10am to 3pm. All dates and times are subject to change. Built in 1914 as a training ship for the German merchant marines, the STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL is currently sailed by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy’s first-year cadets…

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