Sacramento among 14 cities selected to host 2018 Navy Week

The U.S. Navy will pay a visit to Sacramento this summer.

Sacramento is one of 14 cities selected to host Navy Week in 2018. The outreach program was last held in California’s capital region in 2016, spokesman Gary Ross said in an email.

Scheduled July 16-22, it will coincide with the California State Fair and many of the Navy Week events will be held at Cal Expo. Other sites will include Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs and the Powerhouse Science Center, Ross said.

Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s primary outreach to areas of the country that don’t have a significant Navy presence, according to a news release.

“Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand why having a strong Navy is critical to the American way of life,” Cmdr. Linda Rojas, director of Navy Office of Community Outreach, said in a written statement. “Because the Navy is concentrated primarily on both coasts, we’re challenged to communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas.”

Participating in the week’s activities will be sailors from locally assigned units as well from the oldest warship afloat, the USS Constitution, and from the USS La Jolla submarine. Navy divers and explosive ordnance disposal teams, medical personnel and the U.S. Navy ceremonial guard also will be on hand, as will the Navy’s new virtual reality simulator.

The Navy Band also will perform at various venues throughout the week. Admission to all performances will be free of charge.