Wednesday, January 23, 2008

USS Taylor Makes Tampa Port Call for Navy Week Events

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Josh Treadwell, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

TAMPA, Fla. (NNS) -- The frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) arrived at cruise terminal six Jan. 18, to participate in a week of festivities and community service projects during Tampa Navy Week.

The port visit is part of the Navy's commitment to reach out to communities throughout America.

"The crew is really looking forward to the events," said Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Kurush F. Morris. "Tampa has done a nice job of providing entertainment. The city really rolled out the red carpet for us."

To kickoff the week's festivities, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio presented Commander Navy Region Midwest, Rear Adm. John W. Bayless, Jr. and Morris an official proclamation designating Jan. 19-26, Tampa Navy Week.

During a tour of the ship, Tampa Navy League representative, Skip Witunski, encouraged the crew of Taylor to get out and see the city during their stay.

"We appreciate what the Navy does for our nation," said Witunski. "You will have a good time with everything Tampa has to offer."

During the port visit, Taylor Sailors will participate in a variety of activities, including a "Caps for Kids" visit to a local children's hospital and a trip to Busch Gardens to celebrate Navy Day at the park. The ship will also welcome aboard cheerleaders from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers professional football team.

Tampa Navy Week is the first of 22 Navy weeks scheduled all over the United States in 2008. Navy weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities which do not have a significant everyday Navy presence.