USS Oklahoma City Crewmembers visit Namesake City
Oklahoma City, Okla. (June 2, 2019) – Crewmembers of the Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) visited the ship’s namesake city May 27 through June 2.
Select members of the crew visited Oklahoma City as part of the Navy Week program. Navy Week events draw thousands of attendees to participate and create a dialogue between Sailors and local residents. The events are designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas that do not have a large naval presence.
“It was an honor to go back and represent USS Oklahoma City in my home state,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate (Auxiliary) Jason Hays, a native of Midwest City, Oklahoma. “This served as a great opportunity for the local community to meet the Sailors that represent them around the world.”
The Sailors participated in multiple different events during the week including the Star Spangled Salute Air Show, community relations with the local YMCAs, and Habitat for Humanity, and reading to children at various libraries.
Sailors also participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
“It was a very somber experience,” said Electronics Technician (Nuclear) 2nd Class Ryan Current, a native of Tillamook, Oregon. “I’m grateful that I was able to be a part of the ceremony and to pay respects on behalf of the USS Oklahoma City crew.”
Oklahoma City Navy Week is one of only 14 Navy Weeks in 2019 that focus a variety of equipment and personnel in a single city for a weeklong series of engagements designed to bring America’s Navy closer to the people it protects.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.outreach.navy.mil.
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