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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…

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. “Perhaps most notably, the Battleship…

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…

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…

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…

Norfolk Festevents, City of Norfolk to Host Three International Class A Tall Ships in 2020

Media Contact: Jordan Lett Email: [email protected] Phone: 757-441-2345 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Norfolk Festevents, City of Norfolk to Host Three International Class A Tall Ships in 2020 Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Norfolk, VA – A trio of the world’s most prestigious Class A Naval sail training tall ships are slated to call on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront this year. The visiting ships include the STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL (Norway) (March 4-13), BAE GUAYAS (Ecuador) (May 16-19), and CAPITAN MIRANDA (Uruguay) (June 2-8). STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL Bergen, Norway The STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL (321’), hailing from Norway, is set to arrive in Norfolk for an extended stay from Monday, March 4, 2020 to Friday, March 13, 2020. It marks the second consecutive year that the Norwegian vessel has visited Norfolk and the 15th overall. Built in 1914 as a training ship for the German merchant marines,…