Baltimore selected to host Navy Week

Baltimore has been selected to host a Navy Week in June, when the Blue Angels, the Leap Frogs parachute team and ships and sailors will join in the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration.

Also scheduled to visit from June 11 to 19 are sailors from the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, and the U.S. Navy Band, the Navy said Thursday.

Admirals and other senior leaders "will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders," according to a release. Other planned events include visits to area schools, "community service projects and events with local sports franchises," and visits with local veterans.

Baltimore is one of 15 cities nationwide selected for a Navy Week in 2012. The others are Phoenix; New Orleans; Nashville, Tenn.; Spokane, Wash.; Boston; Sacramento, Calif.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Milwaukee; Chicago; Toledo, Ohio; Cleveland; Detroit; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Houston.

The purpose, according to the release, is "to show Americans the return they receive for their substantial investment in America's Navy."

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