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LA Navy Week offers tours, special events

July 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
For the very first time, it's Navy Week in Los Angeles. Ship tours and other special events will be happening at the Port of L.A.

Four ships are at the harbor- U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, the cruiser U.S.S. Princeton, the destroyer U.S.S. Chafee, and the minesweeper U.S.S. Champion.

The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. It is a massive ship, weighing 100,000 tons, 1,100 feet long, and capable of carrying 90 aircrafts and as much as 5,000 sailors.

Sailors live on the ships about six months out of the year. Attendees will be able to get a tour of the flight deck, the aircraft carriers, the mess hall, and the living accommodations among other things.

"When they come into the ship we will be able to give them a tour," said Lt. Brian Smith, who is the chief engineer of the minesweeper.

The minesweeper is a smaller ship compared to the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, but powerful. Smith says the primary purpose of the ship is to detect and neutralize mines at each port.

Due to the threat of mines, the material of the ship is unlike most in the Navy.

"It is a wooden ship, one of the few wooden ships we have in the Navy that's left," said Smith. "That helps protect our ship and our crew from the mines themselves."

Public tours are free all week. Free parking will also be provided, and the Red Car trolley, which runs along the waterfront, will be free.


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