Renee A. Marazon, superintendent of The Maritime Academy of Toledo, has announced the school’s and The Maritime Academy of Toledo Foundation’s participation and active role with the U.S. Navy during Fleet Week, scheduled for August 23 to 27.
Fleet Week, in part, is the U.S. Navy’s commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and Toledo is one of 18 cities being honored with visiting navy vessels. Scheduled to visit Toledo are USS De Wert, a U.S. frigate; HMCS Ville de Quebec (VDQ), a Canadian frigate; USS Hurricane, a coastal patrol ship; USCG Mobile Bay, a U.S. Coast Guard ice cutting tug; and Niagara, a tall ship.
“This is an incredible honor for the city of Toledo, and The Maritime Academy of Toledo is proud to work with the U.S. Navy on this event,” said Marazon, who also is a member of Toledo’s Fleet Week Committee. “Our facilities on the second floor of One Maritime Plaza will serve as the Command and Control Center for the U.S. Navy and other local public service agencies. Our cadets will take part in morning and evening colors, as well as piping officers aboard ship. Our cadets will have educational interactive experiences in the Academy classrooms, boat building lab and galley, as well as with the sailors in their ships’ galleys.”
The two frigates will dock at One Maritime Plaza along Water Street near Walnut Street, near The Maritime Academy of Toledo.
“Since our building is located directly across from the ships that will be the most visited, The Maritime Academy will set up its rooms and offices as corporate suites. We have four balconies and over 15 suites that overlook the Maumee River where the USS De Wert and HMCS Ville de Quebec will be moored. During Fleet Week our entire facility will be transformed into a Hospitality Lounge where companies can entertain clients, employees, or out-of-town guests,” said Marazon said.
The Maritime Academy will also offer concession sales on its school grounds during Fleet Week. Proceeds will benefit The Maritime Academy’s U.S. Coast Guard uniform fund, transportation subsidies for needy students, a new crane operator simulator, and upgrades to The Academy’s bridge, engine, navigation and radar simulators that students use for training.
To volunteer or for more information about Fleet Week events, call 419-244-9999 or visit www.maritimeacademy.us
For more information from the U.S. Navy on Fleet Week in Toledo and elsewhere, visit www.ourflagwasstillthere.org/events.html.