So Much to See at NOLA Navy Week!

Lots of exciting happenings this April for NOLA Navy Week, April 23-29, 2015. Here’s some of the top picks:

USS Wasp: Photo courtesy US Navy

USS Wasp: Photo courtesy US Navy

  1. The Ships

Six distinguished warships will visit New Orleans for NOLA Navy Week. Led by the USS Wasp (LHD-1), a flotilla including two US destroyers, USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) and USS Cole (DDG-67); a Royal Navy frigate, HMS Lancaster; a Royal Canadian Navy destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan; and the US Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless (WMEC-24), will steam up the river and dock along the New Orleans Riverfront on April 23, staying in town until April 29.

All of the ships will be open for public viewing during the week. The USS Wasp is a veteran of NOLA Navy Week 2012 and was very popular with locals and visitors alike.

  1. The Arrival

The six warships will steam upriver on April 23. Go out to the New Orleans Riverfront, or take an afternoon cruise on one of our riverboats to experience the arrival up-close.

Freedom Pavilion: Photo courtesy National World War II Museum

Freedom Pavilion: Photo courtesy National World War II Museum

  1. The Gala!

The Freedom Pavilion of the National World War II Museum will be the scene of an evening of fun, live entertainment, and lots of great food and beverages, as New Orleans celebrates its rich military history.

The Gala will take place on Friday, April 24, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The city will welcome a number of visiting dignitaries, along with officers and men from the US Navy, the Royal Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy, the US Coast Guard, and other military services. Dress is black tie optional.


PT-305: Photo courtesy National World War II Museum

PT-305: Photo courtesy National World War II Museum

  1. The National World War II Museum

Among the many wonderful and exciting exhibits at the National World War II Museum is PT-305, a patrol-torpedo boat undergoing restoration in the Museum’s John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion. Check it out, along with other examples of landing craft from World War II that were built in the city of New Orleans.


  1. The History

Several local museums currently have exhibits of interest to NOLA Navy Week visitors. The Louisiana State Museum’s Cabildo presents an extensive exhibit for the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial, featuring army, navy, and pirate artifacts, including the coat worn by Major General Andrew Jackson at Chalmette on January 8, 1815.

Also in the French Quarter, The Historic New Orleans Collection is currently presenting Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, in the French Quarter.

  1. The Fireworks
    On the evening of April 27 at 8:00 p.m., NOLA Navy Week will present a fireworks display at Woldenberg Park along the New Orleans Riverfront. Head to the park or a riverfront restaurants or venue to enjoy the show.
  2. The Food
    Join the culinary specialists from the visiting ships at Spanish Plaza as they compete to see who makes the best seafood on Sunday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m
  3. The Music!

Also on April 26, The United States Navy Band will perform at St. Louis Cathedral from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. After the Navy Band performance, head out into the French Quarter for some great live local music!

US Navy Band

US Navy: Photo courtesy US Navy Band


NOLA Navy Week will span seven exciting days as we welcome the officers and crews of the visiting ships. Come out and join the fun!

Edward Branley is the author of New Orleans: The Canal Streetcar Line, Brothers of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, and Maison Blanche Department Stores, in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. He is also author of Legendary Locals of New Orleans. Branley’s first novel, Dragon’s Danger, is now available in bookstores and online. Edward is also the NOLA History Guy, online and on Twitter (@NOLAHistoryGuy).

NOLA Navy Week Website Launched

Contact: Lea Sinclair, NOTMC,, 504-491-5330


NOLA Navy Week Website Launched

Time to Schedule Ship Tours and More


Ships from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Great Britain and Canada will headline a full week of activities including onboard tours of ships docked along the Mississippi River


New Orleans, LA – The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) is launching the NOLA Navy Week website this week to announce activities for the event, to be held April 23 – 29, 2015. Rare opportunity and interactive fun will be planned for visitors who venture to the Mississippi River at the French Quarter.


“The NOLA Navy Week website will allow groups to go online ahead of time and schedule tours of ships,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. “It also offers color photos and information about the visiting vessels, as well as a berthing map and other information.”


During the week, officials from the visiting naval vessels and Coast Guard will join Mayor Mitch Landrieu for a Mayoral Welcome, and there will also be a Gala at the National WWII Museum for the visiting officers while thousands of sailors will descend upon the city, participating in sports activities, community service projects, and hospital visits. A seafood cook-off will once again be held between the ships’ various culinary specialists and Louisiana chefs. The U.S. Coast Guard will also participate in the citywide activities


“New Orleans will once again welcome the visiting ships from the Navy, as well as Canada and Great Britain, and offer the hospitality we are known for,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We will share with them our city’s unique ability to celebrate all that makes America great with the most unique assets in the nation including our food, music, and culture.”


Tours of ships will be offered to groups in the morning and the general public in the afternoon. Visitors including school groups, and maritime and history buffs will see six ships this year including the USS Wasp, USS James E. Williams, USS Cole, HMCS Athabaskan, HMS Lancaster, and USCGC Dauntless.


“We’re excited to bring the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard to New Orleans next month, and I’m very happy our allies from the United Kingdom and Canada are able to join us as well,” said Rear Adm. Cindy Thebaud, the commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2 based in Norfolk, Virginia. “The public will get a chance to see some of the world’s most advanced warships, gear and equipment, while our Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and allied sailors will have an opportunity to enjoy the great city of New Orleans.”


NOLA Navy Week occurs every three years in New Orleans. To visit the website, go to Scheduling information will be added soon.




About New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC)
NOTMC promotes the city as a leisure tourism destination throughout the year. Annually, NOTMC’s marketing campaigns include strategic digital and broadcast TV advertising, social media and public relations. Websites:;; Social media:;;;;

About the United States Navy

“America’s sea services, the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard uniquely provide presence around the globe during peacetime and in times of conflict.  From supporting those in need with humanitarian assistance or disaster relief to deterring or defeating an adversary, Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are deployed and ready wherever they are needed, when they are needed.  The United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are our nation’s first line of defense, providing presence around the world to ensure stability, build on our relationships with allies and partners, prevent wars, and provide our nation’s leaders with options in times of crisis. The sea services continue their commitment to maintain the combat power necessary to deter potential adversaries, and to fight and win when required. Forward, engaged, ready. For more information, see

Media Credentials


One set of media credentials is issued per journalist for the entire week. This will allow you better access to all sites as well as access to media-only areas.

Media Credential Pick-Up Location:

NOLA Navy Week Media Center

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

900 Convention Center Boulevard

New Orleans, LA 70130


Parking is free in Lot J

Enter Hall I

We are at a table in the lobby area.


Hours: Thursday, April 23 – Tuesday, April 22, 2015

9am – 5pm



Lea Sinclair, 504-491-5330,

Andrew Thomas, 504-628-4997,

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