US Navy Week in Detroit, September 5-9, 2012
Sadly, we’ve been forced to fire the inept intern who missed his deadline, pushing back the publication of our US Navy Week in Detroit coverage by nearly 30 days. Good luck in you future endeavors, Kid! Look elsewhere for a recommendation. So anyway, with our apologies and without further ado, here it is:
In observance of the 200-year anniversary of the War of 1812, the United States Navy held one of its annual multi-city “Navy Week” events along the Detroit River narrows and inside downtown Detroit’s Renaissance Center on September 5th through the 9th, 2012. Highlights of the local event included tours of four unique Navy and Coast Guard lake and sea-going vessels: the US Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, the USS De Wert, the USS Brig Niagara Replica, and the USS Hurricane. Also on exhibit in the former Boblo Island Ferry parking lot: an SH60B Seahawk Helicopter. Lovely.
The stunning and historic Brig Niagara Replica, docked right along the Detroit Riverwalk in the shadow of the Renaissance Center, drew the attention of thousands. Wild and crazy thrill-seeking Naval history enthusiasts also enjoyed a live US Navy Band rock concert on the Riverwalk stage and informative museum-like displays along the Riverwalk featuring everything you always wanted to know about Michigan’s involvement in the War of 1812. The history and modern military technology lessons continued inside the RenCen, where adults and children alike witnessed numerous exhibits of historical dress and weaponry, flight simulators and an array of remote-controlled bomb-defusing robots.
Weary-legged event-goers with great taste made a madhouse of Andiamo, the local Italian food chain with a location inside the Renaissance Center, on what we suspect may have been their busiest day of the season. ~I♥DM