CLEVELAND — Navy Week is underway with events all over downtown Cleveland, and one of the ships visitors can check out is just back from Somalia.
The USS De Wert is usually based in Jacksonville, Florida, but the guided missile frigate has most recently been deployed to the waters off Somalia, where it was used in the war on drugs and the fight against pirates.
That ship is one of many you can visit during Navy Week and see what it’s like to serve on the open sea.
“Primarily what (the public) is gonna see is what it’s like to be a sailor. They’re gonna see what sailors have to deal with underway every day while we’re out there defending freedom and free trade. They’re gonna see a lot of cramped spaces, a lot of uncomfortable places, but they’re also gonna get to see a lot of neat stuff,” said Lt. Michael Tyree, with the U.S. Navy.
This year’s Navy Week also commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.