Sail Baltimore’s World Navy Salute 2010 Underway

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May 24, 2010 - PRLog -- Baltimore, MD – The British are coming…as are the Japanese, Brazilians and a host of other visiting navy vessels from around the world, courtesy Sail Baltimore, the region’s only visiting ships organizer.  Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 12 noon, Sail Baltimore will officially launch World Navy Salute 2010 at Baltimore’s first port and maritime center, Fells Point.  
   At nearly 437 feet long, the British Royal Navy’s HMS Sutherland, a Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate, will be docked at the Broadway Pier in Fells Point from Tuesday, May 25 through Tuesday, June 1, 2010.  Part of the Auriga Task Group, who dispatched the ship to Baltimore, the HMS Sutherland is conducting a major joint maritime operational exercise involving UK, US and French navies.  While in Baltimore, the ship will host UK Defense Industry Day, participate in intramural rugby and soccer, and open its decks to the general public for free tours on Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30 from 10AM-1PM.  En route to Fells Point at 9:30 AM, the ship and Ft. McHenry will exchange an ‘amicable’ salute while the Ft. McHenry Guard in 1812 uniform will raise the full-sized replica of “The Star Spangled Banner” (30x42 feet).
   HMS Sutherland’s Commanding Officer, Commander John D. Payne, Royal Navy, is delighted to bring his highly capable warship to Baltimore, stating: “It is an honour for HMS Sutherland to be asked to represent the Royal Navy and host some UK Defence Industry during our visit to Baltimore.  My Ship’s Company and I are excited about the prospect of visiting Baltimore and the surrounding area and look forward to welcoming the local population onboard to engage with Royal Navy sailors.”
   “We are delighted to host HMS Sutherland,” says Laura Stevenson, executive director, Sail Baltimore.  “This official ceremony will launch a unique season for Baltimore as we salute the modern navies of the world who will dock at our piers from now through the end of the 2010 season.  As part of Sail Baltimore’s ambassadorial outreach and maritime education for the public, we are pleased to have these massive ships, along with other visiting vessels, here in Baltimore.”
   The welcome ceremony will include dignitaries from the United States Navy and Coast Guard, State of Maryland, Port of Baltimore and City of Baltimore among others. In a special salute, the 1812 Royal Marine re-enactors as well as bagpiper, Francis Wallace, will join the festivities.
   Other ships visiting Baltimore during Sail Baltimore’s World Navy Salute 2010  include the three ships of the Japanese Navy Training Squadron (July 26-29), NE Brasil (August 7-13), USS Whidbey Island , HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen a Royal Norwegian Navy frigate, HMS Daring, British Royal Navy Destroyer as well as visits from the Schooner Sultanta and Norway’s tall ship training vessel, the HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl .  The ship schedule is available online at www.sailbaltimore.org and at various places located throughout the Inner Harbor.
   Public tours are available of nearly every ship and are free of charge.  
   Thirty five years of hosting an annual international fleet of tall and naval vessels has impacted the region economically.  The largest of these events to date, OpSail 2000, brought more than thirty tall ships, 1.5 million visitors and more than $100 million in economic impact to the Baltimore area.  Sail Baltimore will once again play a significant role in attracting tall ships for the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial along with Operation Sail and the state Department of Business and Economic Development.
   Sail Baltimore is the city's blockbuster attraction, a changing museum in the harbor and Fells Point, in which residents and visitors alike can learn about various cultures around the world.  Sail Baltimore, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, operates with a mission of economic development, education and cultural exchange.  Since its inception in 1975, Sail Baltimore has hosted nearly 500 visiting ships and produced and co-produced more than 50 maritime events.  Special thanks to the City of Baltimore, Harborplace & The Gallery, The Propeller Club of Baltimore, M&T Bank, Association of Maryland Pilots, Moran Towing, BATA Marine and Lang Septic Service.

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