Tampa’s Navy Week Cancelled, But Seamen Will Still Serve

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Jan. 19, 2013) The guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG-40) arrives for a scheduled port visit. Halyburton is on a scheduled deployment operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Jan. 19, 2013) The guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG-40) arrives for a scheduled port visit. Halyburton is on a scheduled deployment operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)

The Congressional sequestration tentacles are reaching further into the fiscal year forcing changes and cuts even in the military.

The Navy is cancelling “Navy Week” in Tampa. Citing the “current budget environment,”the port visit by the USS Halyburton and the Blue Angels air show at MacDill Air Force Base have been cut. Without those elements, there’s little left of the Navy Week program. So, it was officially cancelled.

However, seamen serving at the United States Central Command, Navy Operational Support Center Tampa, and Navy Recruiting District Miami, are stepping in.

They will participate in the Navy’s Outreach programs the first week in April:
April 1

  • 3-5 p.m. Sailors visit Joe & Anne Garcia Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 302 W. Glady, Tampa

April 2

  • 12-1:30 p.m. Presentation to Tampa Downtown Rotary Club
  • 3-5 p.m. Sailors visit Wilbert Davis Belmont Heights Boys & Girls Club
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sailors assist with First Tee of Tampa

April 3

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sailors participate in St. Petersburg Ronald McDonald House project
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Sailors participate in Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County ReStore
  • 9:30 a.m Sailors Volunteer at Metropolitan Ministries
  • 12-1:15 p.m.     Presentation to Clearwater Rotary Club
  • 12-1:15 p.m.     Presentation to Downtown Kiwanis Club

April 4

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sailors participate in Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County project
  • 3-5 p.m. Sailors visit Town ‘n Country Boys & Girls Club

April 5

  • 12-1:15 p.m. Presentation to Downtown St. Petersburg Rotary Club
  • 3-5 p.m. Sailors visit David & Casey Shear North Tampa Boys & Girls Club
  • 7 p.m. At the Tampa Bay Rays Game vs. the Cleveland Indians, it will be Navy Night featuring the National               Anthem singer, a Color Guard, the first pitch and a strong Navy presence in the stands.
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